NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Liam Robbins scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots while leading six in double-figure scoring as Vanderbilt beat Florida 88-72 on Saturday night to sweep the season series.
Vanderbilt (16-13, 9-7 SEC) rebounded from an 85-77 loss at LSU and has won six of its last seven. The Commodores also won its ninth SEC game, their most since the 2016-17 season.
Ezra Manjon added 15 points for the Commodores, who shot 52% overall and made 10 of 24 from long range. Tyrin Lawrence added 13 points and Colin Smith, Trey Thomas and Myles Stute 11 each.
Riley Kugel scored 20 points to lead Florida (14-15, 7-9), which has lost three in a row and six of its last seven. Kyle Lofton added 15 points, and the pair combined for five 3-pointers.
Vanderbilt built a 16-point lead early in the second half before Florida pulled to 67-58 with 7:54 remaining. The Commodores answered with a 17-7 run, capped by consecutive 3s from Robbins and Thomas, and led 81-65 with 3:13 to play. Manjon made layups twice to push the lead to 19 in the closing minutes.
Vanderbilt took the lead for good three minutes into the game and led 46-36 at the break. Manjon and Robbins scored nine points apiece as the Commodores shot 53% overall in the half.
Florida plays at Georgia on Tuesday. Vanderbilt plays at Kentucky on Wednesday.
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