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Lee scores 25 points, leads Vanderbilt over Buffalo 90-76

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) When coaching his Vanderbilt players, Jerry Stackhouse likes to use personal experiences to get his point across to his team.

As a successful NBA and college player, Stackhouse draws on his knowledge of what it was like to be on the court playing at a high level. He also tells the Commodores to rely on each other to create a winning environment, especially when your star player has an off night.

On a night when Aaron Nesmith, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer coming into the game at 23.7 points per game was only able to put up 16, Saben Lee netted a career-high 25 points to lead Vanderbilt to a 90-76 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night.

''My experience has helped me put real-life situations to these guys,'' Stackhouse said. ''It's about the work and trusting your teammates. These guys really pull for each other.''

Lee was a key factor the Commodores' win, hitting 8 of 15 shots from the field and was a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line.

''When I go in I try to impact the game,'' Lee said.

Clevon Brown added 14 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds for Vanderbilt (6-2). Maxwell Evans rounded out the balanced attack with 13 points and seven boards.

Antwain Johnson led Buffalo (5-3) with 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting and had seven rebounds. Davonta Jordan added 15 points and Josh Mballa chipped in 11.

The Bulls were looking for their first win against an SEC opponent and started the game off with a 10-1 run. But Vanderbilt answered with a 16-5 run to take its first lead of the game.

Nesmith was held scoreless until 5:15 to go in the first half when he hit two free throws. He has scored in double figures in all eight games this season.

The Commodores went on to close the first half on a 21-4 run for a 47-34 advantage. That was where the game changed, Buffalo coach Jim Whitesell said.

''The end of the first half really hurt us,'' Whitesell said. ''I thought we played pretty well, and defensively we were in pretty good shape. I think the last eight minutes we were down six and we used our second timeout, which I usually don't do, but I wanted to finish the half well, which we did not.''

Vanderbilt posted a season-high 26 free-throw attempts, converting 22 of them for 84.6%. Vanderbilt entered the contest with the second worst free-throw percentage in the SEC at 62.6%. Free-throw shooting has been an obvious area of concern for Stackhouse. ''We focus on it,'' he said.

The Commodores, more of an outside shooting team, outscored the Bulls 56-44 in the paint.

BIG PICTURE

Vanderbilt: The Commodores rebounded from scoring a season-low in their 67-58 loss at home against Tulsa on Saturday night.

Buffalo: The Bulls had their three-game win streak snapped.

UP NEXT

Buffalo travels to DePaul on Sunday.

Vanderbilt hosts Liberty on Dec. 14.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 David Nickelberry made dunk 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Ronaldo Segu 17.0
  Drew Weikert missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 1 Savion Gallion made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Savion Gallion made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Shooting foul on Drew Weikert 34.0
+ 1 Maxwell Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
+ 1 Maxwell Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 43.0
  Personal foul on Savion Gallion 43.0
+ 2 LaQuill Hardnett made layup 50.0
+ 2 Jordan Wright made layup 59.0
Team Stats
Points 76 90
Field Goals 27-68 (39.7%) 32-69 (46.4%)
3-Pointers 5-23 (21.7%) 4-18 (22.2%)
Free Throws 17-27 (63.0%) 22-26 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 43 44
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 28 31
Team 3 3
Assists 7 13
Steals 5 8
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 17 13
Fouls 20 24
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 7 REB
25 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Buffalo 5-3 344276
home team logo Vanderbilt 6-2 474390
Team Stats
away team logo Buffalo 5-3 79.7 PPG 45.7 RPG 16.2 APG
home team logo Vanderbilt 6-2 82.4 PPG 40.3 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
2
A. Johnson G 11.2 PPG 3.7 RPG 1.4 APG 31.7 FG%
0
S. Lee G 17.4 PPG 4.6 RPG 6.3 APG 50.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Johnson G 16 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
S. Lee G 25 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
39.7 FG% 46.4
21.7 3PT FG% 22.2
63.0 FT% 84.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson 16 7 0 4/13 2/6 6/7 4 30 0 0 2 2 5
D. Jordan 15 7 1 5/13 2/5 3/5 4 26 1 0 4 0 7
J. Mballa 11 7 1 5/9 0/0 1/4 1 26 2 2 0 2 5
J. Graves 9 4 3 3/11 1/5 2/5 1 33 0 0 2 2 2
J. Williams 5 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 18 0 0 3 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson 16 7 0 4/13 2/6 6/7 4 30 0 0 2 2 5
D. Jordan 15 7 1 5/13 2/5 3/5 4 26 1 0 4 0 7
J. Mballa 11 7 1 5/9 0/0 1/4 1 26 2 2 0 2 5
J. Graves 9 4 3 3/11 1/5 2/5 1 33 0 0 2 2 2
J. Williams 5 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 18 0 0 3 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Grant 7 6 0 3/9 0/4 1/1 4 23 0 0 1 2 4
D. Nickelberry 5 2 0 2/3 0/1 1/1 0 9 1 0 2 0 2
R. Segu 4 4 1 2/6 0/2 0/0 0 24 1 0 2 2 2
L. Hardnett 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 1 1
S. Gallion 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Bertram - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bivens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Fagan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Skogman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 40 7 27/68 5/23 17/27 20 200 5 2 17 12 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Nesmith 16 3 0 4/11 1/5 7/7 3 29 2 1 1 0 3
C. Brown 14 8 0 6/10 1/2 1/4 2 24 0 3 1 1 7
M. Evans 13 7 1 5/10 0/3 3/4 3 19 0 0 1 4 3
S. Pippen Jr. 6 4 5 3/9 0/2 0/0 4 21 0 0 2 1 3
D. Disu 2 6 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 20 0 1 2 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Nesmith 16 3 0 4/11 1/5 7/7 3 29 2 1 1 0 3
C. Brown 14 8 0 6/10 1/2 1/4 2 24 0 3 1 1 7
M. Evans 13 7 1 5/10 0/3 3/4 3 19 0 0 1 4 3
S. Pippen Jr. 6 4 5 3/9 0/2 0/0 4 21 0 0 2 1 3
D. Disu 2 6 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 20 0 1 2 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Lee 25 4 4 8/15 1/3 8/8 2 27 2 0 4 0 4
J. Wright 6 1 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 3 17 4 0 1 0 1
E. Obinna 3 4 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 1 16 0 1 1 2 2
I. Rice 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
M. Moyer 2 4 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 19 0 0 0 1 3
D. Weikert 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jossell 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Millora-Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Jankovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Harvey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Arbuckle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 41 13 32/69 4/18 22/26 24 200 8 6 13 10 31