Sports

Isaiah Taylor scores 14 and Texas holds off a late charge from Vanderbilt to win 70-64

  • Texas's Javan Felix, left, passes around Vanderbilt's Eric McClellan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

    Texas's Javan Felix, left, passes around Vanderbilt's Eric McClellan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Texas's Jonathan Holmes, right, and Vanderbilt's Rod Odom try to gain possession of a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

    Texas's Jonathan Holmes, right, and Vanderbilt's Rod Odom try to gain possession of a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Texas's Isaiah Taylor, right, runs into the defense of Vanderbilt's Josh Henderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Austin Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

    Texas's Isaiah Taylor, right, runs into the defense of Vanderbilt's Josh Henderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Austin Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)  (The Associated Press)

Isaiah Taylor had 14 points and eight assists and Texas won its first game against a power conference team this season in a 70-64 victory over Vanderbilt on Monday.

Demarcus Holland and Javan Felix each scored 12 points for Texas (7-1). Felix went 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and Kendal Yancy contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

The Longhorns led by as many as 13 points in the second half and were able to hold off Vanderbilt (4-3), which trimmed the Longhorns lead to one point in the final minute after an Eric McClellan steal and dunk.

Javan Felix hit a pair of key free throws to extend the Texas advantage to 65-62 before a three-point play by Holland sealed the victory.

McClellan had a game-high 22 points for the Commodores.