NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Dan Cage matched a career-high with 18 points off the bench and Vanderbilt finally pulled away from Alabama A&M to record a 74-58 victory on Saturday night.
Julian Terrell scored 13 and Ted Skuchas had 11 points and seven rebounds as Vanderbilt survived a season-high 19 turnovers to record the victory.
Obie Trotter, the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year, scored 27 points as the Bulldogs gave Vanderbilt all it could handle. Michael Ford added 12 points for Alabama A&M.
A three-point play by Trotter brought Alabama A&M within 61-56 with 4:34 to play, but Vanderbilt responded with a 13-0 run to finally put the game away. Cage had five points in the decisive run and finished the game 4-for-6 from three.
The Commodores (6-1) were coming off their first loss of the season, a 92-83 defeat to Cincinnati in which they committed a season-high 17 turnovers. Vanderbilt hoped to solve that problem during a week of practice, but the Dores set a new season-high in a sloppy game.
Vanderbilt struggled throughout the first half on offense, shooting 36 percent from the floor and committing nine turnovers. The Commodores led 29-25 at the break, which matched a season-low for points in a half.
Vanderbilt extended its streak of hitting a three-pointer in every game to 607 when Alex Gordon connected midway through the first half. The Commodores, along with Princeton and UNLV, have hit a three-pointer in every game since the rule was implemented in 1986-87.
Alabama A&M (2-2) had not played since a 69-59 win over Tuskegee on Dec. 3.