Texas and Vanderbilt Head to Meadowlands
Texas and Vanderbilt are heading to the IZOD Center for the TicketCity Legends Classic.
In Austin, J’Covan Brown scored a career-high 35 points to propel Texas to a 100-90 victory over Rhode Island in the first round of the TicketCity Legends Classic.
The junior guard added six assists with no turnovers.
Jamal Wilson led the Rams (0-2) with 24 points after putting up 38 in a season-opening loss to George Mason.
Clint Chapman, the only Longhorn taller than 6-7, had a game-high eight rebounds, though the teams were an even 42-42 on the boards.
It was another physical test for undersized and young Texas (2-0), which counts six freshmen among its nine scholarship players.
Texas went up by 17 early. But Rhode Island finished the first half on a 20-7 run to enter halftime down 46-43.
The Rams took a 59-58 lead on a free throw by Blake Vedder, but Texas freshman Sheldon McClellan finished a three-point play to put his team back ahead.
In Nashville, Jeffrey Taylor led five Commodores in double figures as No. 20 Vanderbilt (2-1) earned an 80-68 win over Bucknell in Regional Round action of the TicketCity Legends Classic.
Taylor scored a team-best 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Brad Tinsley, Lance Goulbourne, and Kedren Johnson each scored 12 points with Goulbourne hauling down a game-high nine rebounds. Rod Odom tallied 10 points.
The Bison (0-2) were led by Joe Willman and his game-high 17 points. Joshea Singleton scored 12 points and Brian Fitzpatrick and Mike Muscala scored 10 points apiece.
Vanderbilt will meet NC State, which closes out Regional Round play at home against Princeton on Wednesday, in the first game of the Championship Rounds at IZOD Center on Saturday. Tip-off is 6:30pm (ET). That game will be followed by Texas and Oregon State, which hosts Hofstra on Wednesday at 10:00pm (ET). The consolation and championship games of the TicketCity Legends Classic will be played on Monday, Nov. 21, beginning at 6:30pm (ET). All four Championship Round games will be aired on ESPN3.
– Associated Press