By Mary Cunningham
La Salle got very little consolation at the Barclays Center Saturday night.
After losing to nationally ranked Virginia on Friday, the Explorers couldn’t handle Vanderbilt as Damian Jones led four players in double-figure scoring with 16 as Vanderbilt won 68-55 in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic.
Riley LaChance had 14, and Luke Kornet and James Siakam added 10 apiece as Vanderbilt improved to 5-1.
La Salle’s Jarrell Wright led all scorers with 19 points, but the Explorers fell to 4-2 with their second loss in as many games. Steve Zack added 11 points.
Vanderbilt turned its 30-20 halftime lead into a 17-point advantage (45-28) after Kornet’s left-wing 3 4:14 into the second half. La Salle wouldn’t get closer than 12 the rest of the way despite shooting 43.1 percent from the field.