The 2022 National Invitation Tournament tipped off Tuesday with a battle between Vanderbilt men’s basketball and Belmont at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Commodores defeated the Bruins 82-71.
Vanderbilt improved to 18-16 overall with the victory. Jordan Wright led the Commodores in scoring with 24 points. Vanderbilt advances to the second round of the NIT, where it will play the winner of a first-round matchup between Dayton and Toledo, which tip off at 6 pm CT Wednesday in Toledo, Ohio.
Belmont’s season comes to an end with the Bruins falling to 25-8 overall with the loss. Will Richard led Belmont in scoring with 22 points.
Check out the top plays from the game below.
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Belmont basketball’s Ben Sheppard dishes to Will Richard for fast-break bucket
Belmont cut Vanderbilt’s lead to 64-61 on a fast-break bucket from Will Richard, who was assisted by a long pass from Ben Sheppard.
Vanderbilt basketball’s Jordan Wright knocks down 3-pointer
Vanderbilt basketball took a 64-56 lead over Belmont on a 3-pointer from Jordan Wright.
Vanderbilt basketball’s Tyrin Lawrence drills jumper in transition
Vanderbilt stretched its lead over Belmont to 59-54 in the first half on a jump shot by Tyrin Lawrence in transition.
Vanderbilt basketbalextends lead vs. Belmont with put-back layup from Quentin Millora-Brown
Vanderbilt stretched its lead to 51-46 over Belmont in the second half on a put-back layup from Quentin Millora-Brown.
Belmont Basketball Retakes Lead vs. Vanderbilt with 3-pointer from Ben Sheppard
Belmont took a 41-39 lead against Vanderbilt early in the second half with a 3-pointer from Ben Sheppard.
Vanderbilt basketball takes first lead vs. Belmont on buzzer-beating jumper from Quentin Millora-Brown
Vanderbilt took a 39-38 lead against Belmont into halftime thanks to a put-back jumper from Quentin Millora-Brown to beat the first-half buzzer.
Belmont basketball’s Luke Smith knocks down 3-pointer vs. Vanderbilt
Belmont extended its lead over Vanderbilt to 35-31 late in the first half on a 3-pointer from Luke Smith.
Vanderbilt basketball cuts into Belmont’s lead with 3-pointer from Tyrin Lawrence
Vanderbilt cut Belmont’s lead to 28-21 in the first half when Tyrin Lawrence buried a corner 3-pointer.
Belmont basketball extends lead vs. Vanderbilt with basket by Michael Shanks
Belmont stretched its lead over Vanderbilt to 24-14 in the first half when Michael Shanks made a running floater off an assist from Grayson Murphy.
Vanderbilt basketball’s Scotty Pippen Jr., Myles Stute connect for alley-oop
Vanderbilt cut Belmont’s lead to 17-12 early in the first half when Scotty Pippen forced a Bruins turnover and connected with Myles Stute for a thunderous alley-oop.
Vanderbilt basketball’s Scotty Pippen Jr. hits step-back jumper vs. Belmont
Vanderbilt cut Belmont’s lead to 7-4 early in the first half on a step-back jumper from Scotty Pippen Jr.
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Jerry Stackhouse is the Vanderbilt men’s basketball head coach. Casey Alexander is the Belmont men’s basketball head coach.
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