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SEC Tournament 2017, Vanderbilt vs Texas A&M: Commodores advance after sluggish start

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Vanderbilt advances to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013

SEC Basketball Tournament - Second Round Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After a close half, 20-23, the Vanderbilt Commodores decided to go into overdrive, beating Texas A&M 66-41 in their SEC Tournament opener.

The Aggies could not get it together, only making 17 out of 51 in field goals and 14 percent of 3-point shots. Center Tyler Davis led the team in scoring with 18 points, making 54 percent of his field goal attempts. Forward Robert Williams led the team in rebounds with 10. This was the lowest scoring output that the Aggies had this season.

Vanderbilt meanwhile started off very slow in the first half. In the second half though, they were “on go” as they shot 8-for-14 from outside of the arc and 37 percent overall. Guard Joe Toye set a career-high for the Commodores with 18 points, making 6-of-10 field goals and went 5-for-8 from downtown. On the whole, Vandy made 39 percent of their shots from the field.

In the process of winning on Thursday, the team snapped a four-game skid in the SEC Tournament. This is their first win since beating Kentucky in 2013 in the quarterfinal round.

Vanderbilt will go on to play Florida in the quarterfinals Friday, seeking a three-game sweep in the season series.