Georgia State 80

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Vanderbilt 86

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 12, 2013

    Memorial Gymnasium (Vandy), Nashville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    GAST 34 4680
    VAN 35 5186

    Top Performers

    Georgia St: R. Harrow 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Vanderbilt: D. Jones 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Blk

    Vanderbilt held on to beat Georgia State 86-80

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman Damian Jones and senior Rod Odom each scored 19 points to help Vanderbilt pull away for a season-opening win against visiting Georgia State, 86-80, Tuesday night.

    The victory tied Commodores coach Kevin Stallings for most wins as Vanderbilt head coach (278) with Roy Skinner (1961-76).

    Odom hit five 3-pointers for the game and sank a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds for an 84-80 lead. Eric McClellan, a transfer from Tulsa, added 18 points in his debut, including two fouls shots for the final points.

    GSU transfer Ryan Harrow, who started 24 games last season for Kentucky, had a game-high 27 points for the Panthers (1-1). R.J. Hunter scored 21 points including three 3-pointers for Georgia State.

    Jones hit a jumper and Dai-Jon Parker sank a 3-pointer to push Vanderbilt ahead 78-73. VU's Kyle Fuller then hit a pair of free throws with 45.1 seconds left for the largest lead (80-74) since 8:09 remaining.

    Devonta White's two free throws had cut it to 82-80 with 10 seconds remaining for the Panthers, picked as a preseason Sun Belt favorite in several national media outlets. GSU is now 4-28 against Southeastern Conference teams.

    Curtis Washington scored seven straight points as GSU built a 46-42 advantage early in the second half, capped by White's pull-up jumper.

    McClellan's second 3-pointer put Vanderbilt back ahead 57-54, while Jones blocked a shot on the other end and Shelby Moats' basket stretched it to 59-54. The Commodores took their largest lead with 8:09 left, 64-58, on Odom's third trey and his assist to Moats forced a Panthers timeout.

    Georgia State came out hot as four different shooters sank 3-pointers to take a 12-7 lead with just over 4 minutes to play.

    Odom hit two 3s for Vanderbilt early, closing it to 12-9. Jones then gave the Commodores a boost off the bench with five straight points including a dunk to launch a 10-2 run for a 20-16 lead.

    There were eight lead changes the first half and two times. Harrow hit two free throws, then had a steal and layup to start a 9-2 spurt and put the Panthers ahead 25-22.

    But Dai-Jon Parker hit two treys during an 11-2 run that gave Vanderbilt its largest first-half lead at 33-27. Harrow had four points as GSU outscored VU to pull within 35-34 at halftime.

    Stallings, in his 15th season at Vanderbilt, is now 14-1 in season-openers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 86
    FG Made-Attempted 28-61 (.459) 30-54 (.556)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-22 (.273) 10-21 (.476)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-25 (.720) 16-27 (.593)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

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