Rod Odom scored a career-high 24 points, hitting six three-pointers, and the short-handed Vanderbilt Commodores hit a season high 12 for the game, beating Missouri 78-75 Thursday night.
The Tigers got Vandy in foul trouble and they were playing with just seven scholarship players, but they hit shots when they needed.
Most of the final stats were even, with the exception of three-point shooting. Vandy hit 38% and the Tigers just 26% (6 of 23) from long distance. Earnest Ross and Jordan Clarkson went a combined 0 for 11 from beyond the stripe. Jabari Brown led Mizzou with 22 points and really had the only sustained success with outside shooting.
Missouri trailed by as many as 12 early in the first half and cut the lead to 39-32 at the half.
The Tigers stormed out of the gates to start the second with an 8-0 run to grab a 40-39 lead…their first since an early 3-0 start. However, Vandy kept pushing back as the lead changed hands five times over the next four minutes.
Odom hit two big three-pointers for Vandy midway through the second half. The first came off a Kyle Fuller missed free throw, where Vandy got the offensive rebound. Odom made it a 48-44 game. Then moments later he delivered again after Brown missed a three-try. That shot from Odom put Vandy up 53-46 with 10:22 to play.
From that point on, the Tigers could get no closer than three, despite shooting 10 of 20 down the stretch.
Mizzou, 1-2 in the SEC, will host Alabama on Saturday at 1 p.m.