NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Luke Kornet made his first nine shots from the floor en route to a 24-point night, leading Vanderbilt to a 78-46 win over Tennessee State in the first round of the Barclays Center Classic on Sunday.
The 7-foot Kornet didn't miss a shot until he bounced a 3-pointer off the front of the rim with 12:45 left. He shot 10 of 11 from the floor, including three 3-pointers.
Kornet was perfect in the first half, making all six of his shots from the floor and his only foul shot for 14 points.
Many fans in the crowd of 7,446 yelled "Luuuke" when he drained a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Commodores a 38-20 lead with 3 seconds left in the first half.
Kornet's first three baskets were dunks. His father, Frank, played at Vanderbilt from 1986-89.
Kornet powered Vanderbilt to a 15-6 lead in the early going.