Yarou, Villanova defeat Vanderbilt 62-52

Yarou, Villanova defeat Vanderbilt 62-52
December 1, 2012, 7:33 pm
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Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom (0) moves past Villanova defenders Mouphtaou Yarou (13) and Ryan Arcidiacono (15) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mouphtaou Yarou scored 16 points to lead Villanova to a 62-52 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Yarou made 10 of 12 free throws and JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 off the bench as the Wildcats (4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Wildcats led by eight early in the second half, but the Commodores pulled to within 46-44 with 7:18 left. Vanderbilt (2-4) made just two baskets the rest of the way and shot just 36.4 percent (8 of 22) after halftime.

Villanova also blitzed the Commodores on the boards, outrebounding them 34-28. Vanderbilt finished with just four offensive rebounds - all coming in the first half.

Rod Odom led the Commodores with 14 points. Kedren Johnson added 12. Freshman Kevin Bright notched his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

The teams had met just once before. Villanova defeated Vanderbilt 80-73 for the 1994 NIT championship.