Vanderbilt got career nights out of junior guards Maxwell Evans and Saben Lee and beat No. 18 LSU, 99-90, at Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday, ending a 28-game losing streak against Southeastern Conference competition.
The Commodores (9-13, 1-8 SEC) last won an SEC game March 3, 2017. But on this night none of that mattered.
Evans carried the load early by scoring 25 of his 31 points in the first half. Lee came on strong in the second half and finished with 33.
Jordan Wright had nine of his 11 in the final 20 minutes and Scotty Pippen Jr. hit a dagger of a 3 with 68 seconds left.
The celebration was online.
Vanderbilt trailed 83-80 with less than six minutes to go. But Wright scored four straight – including two after his steal on the LSU offensive end – and Pippen’s layup made it 86-83. Lee’s three-point play before the 3-minute mark made it 89-84.
Another Lee drive to the hole extended the margin to 91-84 with 2:12 to go. Pippen’s 3 with 1:08 left made it 96-87 – and that was the dagger.
The Tigers (17-5, 8-1 SEC) had won 10 in a row coming in. They called off the dogs in the final minute after their shots stopped falling.