NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kyle Fuller scored 17 points to lead Vanderbilt to a 66-55 victory over Cornell on Monday night.
Kedren Johnson added 15 points as the Commodores (5-4) staved off a second-half comeback by the Big Red (4-6).
Fuller and Johnson combined for the team's first 17 points and Vanderbilt led by as much as 19, 33-14, in the first half.
But when Johnson, Vanderbilt's leading scorer this season, went to the bench with his fourth foul 58 seconds into the second half, Cornell capitalized. The Big Red ripped off a 14-2 run and cut the deficit to 40-38 on consecutive layups from Eitan Chermerinski with 14:17 left.
Cornell missed its next five shots - all 3-pointers - and Vanderbilt responded with a 12-2 run to take an insurmountable 12-point lead.
Shonn Miller scored 13 and Chermerinski had 10 for the Big Red, who made just 18 of 60 shots (30%).
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