NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeff Roberson, Riley LaChance and Clevon Brown each scored 13 points, leading Vanderbilt to a 73-54 win over Austin Peay in the season opener Friday night.
Roberson posted a double-double with 10 rebounds for the Commodores, who hit 9 of 25 3-pointers.
The loss spoiled the debut of Austin Peay's first-year coach Matt Figger.
Roberson hit a 3-point milestone on Vanderbilt's first shot 18 seconds into the game, giving the Commodores 1,000 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. Princeton and Nevada-Las Vegas are the only other teams with a 3-pointer in every game since the inception of the 3-pointer in 1985.
Vanderbilt has won 16 of 17 games against Austin Peay in the series.
Freshman Terry Taylor was Austin Peay's only scorer in double figure with 15 points.
The Commodores return three of their top four scorers from last year's team that made its second straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Vanderbilt's Saben Lee had seven assists off the bench.
The Commodores took charge early, taking a 41-28 halftime lead.
Austin Peay is a work in progress with nine new players on the roster.
Vanderbilt is off to a good start with a healthy Roberson, who battled injuries last season.
Austin Peay visits Virginia on Monday in a matchup against the team that ranked No. 1 nationally in points allowed (56.4) last season.
Vanderbilt heads down the road to visit Belmont on Monday.