Vanderbilt spoils Pearl's return to SEC 64-52 over Auburn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - James Siakam scored 14 points and Vanderbilt spoiled Auburn coach Bruce Pearl's return to the Southeastern Conference as the Commodores won 64-52 in front of 10,502 at Memorial Gym on Tuesday.
Pearl, a former Tennessee coach, appeared in his first SEC game since serving a three-year show cause penalty from the NCAA for lying about a cookout at his home for recruits in 2008.
Pearl replaced the fired Tony Barbee in March.
Vanderbilt (11-3, 1-0 SEC) extended its winning streak to four games in the conference opener for both teams.
The loss ended Auburn's five-game winning streak.
Auburn (8-6, 0-1) lost its 15 straight SEC road opener and 10th consecutive game to Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt's Riley LaChance, wearing a faceguard to protect his broken nose, scored 13 points. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time Monday.
Vanderbilt's Damian Jones added 11 points and Shelton Mitchell had 10.