The Vanderbilt Commodores have had ample time in which to cultivate better habits. Yes, Vanderbilt's…
Vanderbilt survives Austin Peay
Freshman Damian Jones scored 12 points, and Rod Odom added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Commodores (6-3).
Chris Horton's 16 points and 10 rebounds led the Governors (5-6), while Will Triggs chipped in 11 points.
Fuller sank a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds remaining for a 57-53 advantage. But Travis Betran hit a long 3-pointer to trim it to 58-56 before Fuller hit his final foul shot with 8.2 seconds left. Peay missed a chance at the buzzer.
Demarius Smith's 3-pointer pulled Austin Peay even at 50-50, but Fuller made a steal and drove the lane for the go-ahead score. After a James Siakam block, Fuller's first free throws gave the Commodores a 54-50 lead with 1:23 to play.
The Governors' Zavion Williams had three straight baskets including two transition scores to push Peay ahead 43-41. Fuller's 3-pointer ended the drought for a 44-43 cushion and Siakam scored Vanderbilt's next six points for a 50-47 margin.
Siakam didn't play the first 10 minutes for Vanderbilt, which was already down to eight scholarship players after losing redshirt junior Josh Henderson for the season. Henderson suffered a severe knee injury in the Commodores' last outing, 12 days ago in a win over Marshall.
Austin Peay extended its 22-20 halftime lead to 24-20 on Triggs' basket to open the second half. But Vanderbilt went on a 6-0 spurt to retake the lead on two straight baskets by Jones.
Peay's Smith picked up back-to-back fouls for his third and fourth fouls with 13:37 to play, and Jones hit both free throws for a 33-30 lead.
Vanderbilt's Eric McClellan opened the game by scoring the first four points on fast breaks including a dunk. Smith, however, hit a 3-pointer for Peay and Horton's bucket gave the Govs a 5-4 lead.
Seven-foot freshman Luke Kornet, playing center, hit a pair of 3-pointers that put the Commodores back up 7-5 and ahead 14-11 after Horton's baseline jumper tied it 11-11. The second trey started a 6-0 Commodores run for the biggest lead of the first half at 17-11.
Betran's three-point play put the Govs on top 20-18 on a high layup that almost hit the top of the backboard. Jones charged on the other end for his second straight foul.
Jones' basket tied it 20-20, however, to break a nearly 8-minute stretch without a field goal for Vanderbilt. But Horton's inside bucket gave Austin Peay the halftime lead 22-20 to cap a 7-2 run.
The Governors have only won once in the 15-game series, back in 1939-40.
This is the last of three guarantee games for APSU, which help supplement the Govs program.
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