NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Demetri McCamey scored 23 points as Illinois defeated Vanderbilt 69-63 on Thursday night.
McCamey's layup broke a tie with 6:22 remaining and started a 7-0 run that put the Illini (3-0) in front to stay.
Vanderbilt (1-1) tied the game at 58 on a free throw by A.J. Ogilvy with 6:56 remaining, but then was held scoreless until Andre Walker made a layup and a foul shot with 2:13 to play.
The Commodores made just 13 of 21 free throws (61.9 percent) in the game. Jermaine Beal made a pair of free throws with 1:38 left that got the Commodores within two points. Beal then missed a game-tying layup with 22 seconds to go.
Illinois was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line, including two each by Trent Meacham and Chester Frazier in the final 20 seconds.
McCamey made 9 of 15 field goals, including 5-for-9 from behind the arc, and led all scorers. His 3-point shot as the first half expired gave the Illini a 36-35 lead at the half. It was the fourth lead change of the half.
Meacham (14 points), Mike Davis (11 points) and Mike Tisdale (10 points) all scored in double figures for Illinois. Davis added a game-high 12 rebounds before he fouled out on Walker
Ogilvy led the Commodores with 13 points, had seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Freshmen Jeffrey Taylor and Brad Tinsley added 11 each.
The loss snapped Vanderbilt's 20-game win streak at Memorial Gymnasium.
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