NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brandon Rachal scored 17 points and Tulsa defeated Vanderbilt 67-58 on Saturday night for its fifth consecutive win.
Elijah Joiner added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Golden Hurricane (6-1).
Aaron Nesmith, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter and the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer, led the Commodores (5-2) with 26 points, including five 3-pointers.
Scotty Pippen Jr. added 12 points and Saben Lee had 11 for the Commodores, who shot an uncustomary 36% from the floor, hitting just 20-of-56, and saw their three-game win streak snapped.
Vanderbilt pulled to 60-56 with 3:27 remaining using its full-court press, but didn’t get closer.
It was the first time the teams met since the 1950-51 season.
Tulsa’s bench doubled Vanderbilt in scoring, 30-15. The Commodores entered the game leading the SEC in field goal percentage at 51%. Powered by an 11-0 run late in the first half, the Golden Hurricane took a 34-30 halftime lead.
Tulsa plays host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Reynolds Center.