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2016 NCAA Tournament: Vanderbilt Loses First Four Game to Wichita State

It was a short stay in the tourney for the Commodores.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Vanderbilt Commodores' stay in the 2016 NCAA Tournament was short, as they lost 70-50 to Wichita State in a battle of 11-seeds in the First Four in Dayton.

The first half was a close one, and Vandy actually led for long stretches. The largest lead either team managed was five, and both times the five-point lead belonged to the Commodores. The teams went into the half tied at 30, but it wouldn't stay that way long after the break.

WSU turned up the defense and went on an 11-0 run over nearly the first five minutes of the second half. Vandy didn't get its first points until a Wade Baldwin IV three-point play at the 15:19 mark. The 'Dores continued to battle back and even cut the lead to one on a Damian Jones three-point play with 9:17 to go. WSU answered with a three, and Riley LaChance answered that with a jumper at the 8:42 mark to make it 50-48 in favor of the Shockers. If you look at the final score, you'll notice that the Commodores made just two more points the rest of the way.

LaChance and Joe Toye were the only Commodores to reach double figures at ten points each. They made just 30% of their field goals, including only 3/19 from three point range. Wichita State's excellent pair of guards Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker each had 14 to lead all scorers. Vandy did hold the Shockers to 37% shooting, but its own futility on the offensive end doomed the effort.

Wichita State now moves on to the Round of 64 where it will play the 6-seed Arizona. Vandy's disappointing season is now over, and the team still has not made it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2007.