ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aidan Mahaney scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Logan Johnson added 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists and Saint Mary’s beat Vanderbilt 75-65 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy.
Mitchell Saxen also scored 19 points for Saint Mary’s (6-0).
Jordan Wright led Vanderbilt (2-3) with 22 points. Tyrin Lawrence and Liam Robbins scored 13 points apiece and Stute added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Stute hit two 3-pointers in a 9-0 run to open the second half that gave the Commodores their first lead of the game at 36-35 when Lawrence made a layup with 17:23 to play. Saxen answered with a layup 19 seconds later and the Gaels led the rest of the way.
Vanderbilt, which trailed 35-38 at halftime, shot 54% from the field in the second half but couldn’t consistently get defensive stops. The Gaels made 29 of 51 (56.9%) from the field overall and shot 58.3% (14 of 24) after halftime.
Saint Mary’s plays Washington in the championship game on Thanksgiving.
Vanderbilt plays Fresno State in Thursday’s third-place game.
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