NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Siakam scored 17 points in his first start of the season, leading Vanderbilt to a 79-50 win over Pennsylvania on Monday night.
Siakam was elevated to a starting role after playing well as an energizer off the bench in the past 10 games. He started 28 games last year, but came off the bench after missing the season opener to attend his father’s funeral in Cameroon.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Searching For Suspect Who Stole Car With 6-Year-Old Girl In Backseat
Siakam scored the Commodores’ first six points and finished 7 of 8 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line.
Wade Baldwin IV scored 16 for Vanderbilt (8-3), including two 3-pointers. Damian Jones entered the game as the SEC’s fifth-leading scorer and added 15 points and six rebounds.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Community Welcomes Home 3-Year-Old Boy After Hit-And-Run That Also Killed Mother
Tony Hicks led Penn (3-6) with 16 points and Matt Howard added 11.
Vanderbilt outrebounded Penn 39-24, including a 29-14 edge on the defensive glass.
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