Vandy's upset bid falls short against undefeated Auburn

Lee's 27 points not enough in 83-79 defeat
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Posted at 10:25 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 23:28:25-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Saben Lee's 27 points kept Vanderbilt in the game against unbeaten Auburn, but it wasn't enough to score the upset.

The Commodores (8-6, 0-1) were down three with 22 seconds left when Auburn's Danjel Purifoy stole an inbounds pass sealing Vandy's fate.

Auburn (14-0, 2-0) made a free throw to put the game out of reach on their way to a 83-79 victory.

Vandy was down by 13 points in the 2nd half before a furious comeback tied the game at 79 with less than a minute left.

Aaron Nesmith added 18 points for the Commodores. Issac Okoro led the 5th-ranked Tigers with 23 points.

Vanderbilt continues SEC play Saturday afternoon against Texas A&M at Memorial Gymnasium.