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.