East Rutherford, NJ – John Jenkins had 28 points and hit a pointer late in the contest to help No. 18 Vanderbilt take an 86-79 win over North Carolina State in the championship round of the Legends Classic.
Jeffrey Taylor had 17 points and his tip-in shot with just over two minutes to play put the Commodores (3-1) up for good.
Vanderbilt, which has won its past two after dropping a game to Cleveland State this past Sunday, advances to play either Texas or Oregon State in the final on Monday.
Richard Howell had 16 points and nine rebounds while Lorenzo Brown added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Wolfpack (3-1), who lost for the first time under Mark Gottfried.