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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Toye scored a career-high 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting outside the arc, and Vanderbilt shook off a sluggish start in beating Texas A&M 66-41 Thursday night at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
With the win, the seventh-seeded Commodores (18-14) snapped a four-game skid in the tournament with their first victory since beating Kentucky in the 2013 quarterfinals. The SEC's best 3-point shooters shook off an ugly first half to knock down 8 of 14 outside the arc in the second half to beat the Aggies for a third time this season.
Now Vanderbilt will get a chance at another three-game sweep of No. 17 Florida in the quarterfinals on Friday night.
Riley LaChance added 14 points for Vanderbilt, and Nolan Cressler had 11.
Tenth-seeded Texas A&M (16-15) was held to a season low in points. Tyler Davis led the Aggies with 18 points, and Admon Gilder added 11.
This story has been updated to correct Florida's ranking from 19 to No. 17.
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