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Villanova vs Vanderbilt final score: Wildcats down Commodores in Big East/SEC Challenge

A strong second-half defensive performance and 16 points from Mouphtaou Yarou led the Villanova Wildcats to a 62-52 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in the Big East/SEC Challenge.

Frederick Breedon

Mouphtaou Yarou scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in leading the Villanova Wildcats to a 62-52 win over the host Vanderbilt Commodores (2-4) on Saturday in the Big East/SEC Challenge. JayVaughn Pinkston chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Villanova (4-3) broke a three-game losing streak with the victory.

The Wildcats held the Commodores to just one field goal in a 7-minute, 56-second stretch late in the second half. After Vanderbilt pulled within two points, at 46-44 with just more than seven minutes left in the game, Villanova held the Commodores to just two buckets the rest of the way. Vanderbilt was held to just 36 percent in the second half.

Rod Odom led Vanderbilt with 14 points. Kedren Johnson and Kevin Bright each chipped in 12 points, with Bright also grabbing 12 rebounds for the Commodores.

This was just the second meeting all time between the two teams. The first meeting was also won by Villanova, 80-73, for the 1994 NIT title.