Parker shows off his shooting in Vanderbilt's victory over A&M

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:24pm

Rod Odom wasn’t surprised.

When Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker started spotting up from beyond the arc, Odom knew his teammate would deliver.

Parker didn’t disappoint Saturday, draining five 3-pointers and scoring 17 points -- both career-highs -- to help lead the Commodores to a 63-56 victory over Texas A&M at Memorial Gymnasium.

“I have been playing with Dai for a while now and I know he can shoot,” Odom said. “Everybody knows he can shoot so it was just a matter of time before they start falling. Especially since he is putting extra time in, they didn’t really have a choice but to fall.”

Odom added 19 points and tied a personal-best with four 3-pointers. His open trey in the left corner with a minute left pushed the lead to eight and thwarted a comeback attempt by Texas A&M (15-10, 5-7 Southeastern Conference).

Vanderbilt (10-14, 4-8) led 46-33 with 8:36 left after five straight points from Parker, including a tough reverse layup around 6-foot-9 Kourtney Roberson. Josh Henderson, who scored 11 points off the bench, made a layup with 3:18 to go for an 11-point advantage, but the Aggies scored six straight points and, after a VU turnover, cut the lead to 56-51 on two free throws with 1:29 remaining.

Then Odom stepped up and made a big 3-pointer that basically assured the win – just the second in the last seven games for Vanderbilt. That sent the 11,269 in attendance home happy.

The crowd featured three former Commodores greats and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Texas A&M graduate whose son went to Vanderbilt.  Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor, all taken in last year’s NBA Draft, were back in town because of the All-Star Break and received a standing ovation in the second half.

Parker, primarily known for his defense, did his best to emulate Jenkins’ sharpshooting – at least for one day.

The sophomore hadn’t made more than two 3-pointers in a game before Saturday. Against the Aggies, he sank all three of his attempts in the first half and made five of seven. He attributed extra time in the gym lately – in between classes, after study hall –to the sudden flurry.

“It probably wasn’t on their scouting report,” Parker said smiling. “I had to pull it out my bag of tricks [Saturday]. I had to come through for my team. My teammates got me the ball and I just wanted to make the most of it.”

7 Comments on this post:

By: joe41 on 2/16/13 at 11:31

Wow, Dai-jon was a hero today. Hope it is a harbinger of things to come.

Joe

By: 4gold on 2/17/13 at 7:13

4-8 , they are on a roll now. How exciting. BASEBALL is here. Thank God.

Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Rasputin72 on 2/17/13 at 7:16

This team just continues to overachieve!

Go Vandu!

By: TITAN1 on 2/17/13 at 8:24

WTG, Vandy! Way to bounce back! Great job, Kevin Stallings!

By: 4gold on 2/17/13 at 1:47

How bad a coach is Callipari if his #1 recruiting class gets blown off the floor by 30 in Knoxville and only wins by 2 in Nashville? That is no coaching at all. Calipair game stategy? "Ya'll go play" What a shoe salesman he is. But he can't coach a lick. Stallings would be leading the conference with that talent. But VU is stuck with all these guys with L's on their forehead.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Rasputin72 on 2/17/13 at 2:39

4Gold.........,.I think your narrative hit a wall. Calipari can recruit and Stallings cannot.

By: TITAN1 on 2/17/13 at 3:52

Calipari sells them "One and done" and they bite. He couldn't care less about education.