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Pollard scores 21 as Dayton upsets No. 21 Vanderbilt 72-67

Pollard scores 21 as Dayton upsets No. 21 Vanderbilt 72-67


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kendall Pollard scored a season-high 21 points, and Dayton rallied from 16 points down late in the first half to upset No. 21 Vanderbilt 72-67 on Wednesday night.

The Flyers (7-1) now have beaten three teams from the power five conferences this season, with previous wins over Alabama and Iowa.

The Commodores (6-3) not only blew a big lead on their own floor in their second straight loss, but will be without top shot blocker Luke Kornet for four to six weeks after he tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in practice Monday.

Scoochie Smith added 13 points, and Steve McElvene added 10 as Dayton shot its way back into the lead despite just seven points from leading scorer Charles Cooke.

Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones scored 18 apiece for Vanderbilt, which hit just two of its final 10 shots. Matthew Fisher-Davis and Riley LaChance each added 11 points.

Jones missed two free throws with 2:08 left. Pollard then hit just the fifth 3-pointer of his career with 44 seconds left to help seal the upset for Dayton, matching the Flyers' biggest lead.

But Smith missed two free throws with 36 seconds left, and Fisher-Davis hit a 3 from the left corner with 25 seconds left to pull Vandy within 69-67.

Baldwin missed a layup for Vandy, and the Flyers hit three of four free throws in the final 12 seconds.

The Flyers outrebounded Vanderbilt 41-31, including a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass.

Vanderbilt shot well at least early. Jones scored eight straight at one point for the Commodores, and his final points in that stretch started a 12-2 spurt that gave them their biggest lead at 38-22.

Davis answered by scoring the next eight points starting a 23-6 run that spanned halftime and put Dayton ahead 45-44 early in the second half on a layup by Cooke.

The Commodores missed eight of their first nine shots in the second half before Jones threw down a one-handed dunk and hit the free throw to put Vandy back up 47-45 with 13:50 left, setting up a frantic finish.

TIP-INS

Dayton: The Flyers had a 17-2 scoring edge in second-chance points. ... Dayton has won 12 of 15 against the SEC and is 28-11 against power five schools over the past nine years. ... Coach Archie Miller now is 22-7 in December.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores were leading the SEC by holding opponents to 34.6 percent shooting, including 29.1 percent from 3-point range. But Dayton shot 59 percent in the second half (16 of 27). ... Vanderbilt is the top shooting team in the SEC at 49 percent overall and 40 percent from 3.

UP NEXT:

Dayton: Host Chattanooga on Saturday.

Vanderbilt: A 10-day break before hosting Wofford on Dec. 19.

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