Vanderbilt 87, Tennessee State 65

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Mario Moore scored 19 points and Jason Holwerda matched a career high with 17 as Vanderbilt beat Tennessee State 87-65 in the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational on Sunday.

Vanderbilt (2-0) shot 50 percent from 3-point range from an experimental distance of 20 feet, 6 inches—1 foot further than the NCAA’s regular distance. Seven Commodores combined to make 14 3-pointers, two short of a school record.

Vanderbilt shot 55 percent from the field.

Tennessee State (0-2) was led by Cincinnati transfer Rod Flowers, who scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Eric King and Wayne Arnold each added 12.

Vanderbilt broke open a tight game by ending the first half with a 10-2 run to take a 43-27 lead. Holwerda and Dawid Przybyszewski hit 3-pointers during the run, and Moore closed the first half with a driving layup just before the buzzer.

Vanderbilt controlled the second half, with its largest lead coming at 82-57 with less than 4 minutes to play.

Both Vanderbilt and Tennessee State will play one more game before finishing the eight-team tournament with two games in Las Vegas on Nov. 26-27. Vanderbilt hosts Cal State Northridge while Tennessee State travels to Southern Illinois on Tuesday.

The victory was Vanderbilt’s 14th consecutive regular season non-conference win.

Vanderbilt leads the all-time series with its Nashville neighbor 5-0.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Tennessee St.
E. King E. King
5-10,  12 Pts
8 Rebs, 4 Assists
M. Moore M. Moore
8-13,  19 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists

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