Vanderbilt wins at home, pummels Morehead State, 76-43

Nov 18, 2022, 4:18 AM | Updated: 6:23 pm
Morehead State's Tucson Redding (1) shoots around the reach of Vanderbilt forward Lee Dort (34) in ...

Morehead State's Tucson Redding (1) shoots around the reach of Vanderbilt forward Lee Dort (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

              Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin watches the action in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Vanderbilt forward Quentin Millora-Brown (42) scores over Morehead State's Alex Gross (45) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Vanderbilt guard Ezra Manjon (5) drives against Morehead State's Mark Freeman (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Vanderbilt guard Jordan Wright, right, knocks the ball away from Morehead State's Mark Freeman (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Vanderbilt guard Jordan Wright, left, shoots over the reach of Morehead State's Alex Gross (45) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Vanderbilt forward Lee Dort (34) grabs a rebound over Morehead State's LJ Bryan (22) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Morehead State's Branden Maughmer (5) heads down the court ahead of Vanderbilt forward Lee Dort (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Vanderbilt guard Noah Shelby (2) reaches in on Morehead State's Drew Thelwell, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Morehead State's Trent Scott (11) drives against Vanderbilt forward Lee Dort (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
            
              Morehead State's Tucson Redding (1) shoots around the reach of Vanderbilt forward Lee Dort (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyrin Lawrence scored 17 points and Vanderbilt fashioned a 25-point first-half lead en route to a 76-43 pummeling of Morehead State on Friday night for its first home win in three starts to open the season.

Lawrence was the lone Commodore to reach double-figure scoring, but 11 players contributed to the effort and eight players had five or more points. The Vanderbilt bench had 32 of the team’s 76 points.

The Commodores held Morehead State to just 13 first-half points, eight by Alex Gross, who finished with 14. Drew Thelwell added 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Eagles (2-3), who have now lost all three of their road games.

Morehead State struggled offensively, hitting just 17 of 63 shots from the field (27%). including just 3 of 27 from beyond the 3-point arc.

With the big lead, the Commodores played their bench in the second half, with freshmen and walk-ons seeing plenty of minutes, and the group matched the first-half scoring total with 38 points.

Vanderbilt shot 29 of 59 from the field (49.2%), hitting 8 of 23 from beyond the arc, and dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Eagles 50-33.

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