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Gators hold on against Vanderbilt despite career night by Scotty Pippen Jr.

Florida wins its third straight, overcoming 32 points from the son of the Hall of Fame player.
Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. goes to the basket against Florida's Tyree Appleby during their game Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Gainesville.
Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. goes to the basket against Florida's Tyree Appleby during their game Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Gainesville. [ BRAD MCCLENNY | AP ]
Published Jan. 28

GAINESVILLE — Tre Mann scored 15, Colin Castleton added 13 and Florida beat Vanderbilt 78-71 Wednesday night for its third straight victory.

The Gators (9-4, 6-3 SEC) were ahead by as many as 22 with 9:52 remaining in the second half, but the Commodores pulled withing 71-65 after making a three straight 3-pointers.

Back-to-back layups by Scotty Pippen, son of the Hall of Famer, cut Florida’s lead to 73-69 with 37.7 seconds left, but Vandy didn’t make another field goal the rest of the way. The Gators hit enough free throws down the stretch, 5 of 8, to seal it.

Noah Locke and Tyree Appleby each had 12 points, and Scottie Lewis, who missed the previous four games, added 10 for Florida. Mann, coming off a career-high 24 points Saturday against Georgia, and Locke each had three of the Gators’ 10 3-pointers. Florida has won six straight in the series.

Pippen and Dylan Disu combined to score 50 of Vanderbilt’s 71 points. Pippen scored a career-high 32 and added five rebounds and six assists. Disu had 18 points and eight rebounds. Vanderbilt (4-8, 0-6) made just 12 field goals through the first 30 minutes but finished 25-of-58 for 43 percent.