Drew Maddux never expected a position change 110 games into his Vanderbilt career.
Then again, the Commodores probably didn't envision getting very far in the National Invitation Tournament with seven healthy players.But with Maddux playing his second game at point guard and reserve Dan Langhi scoring a career-high 19 points, Vanderbilt de-feat-ed Wake Forest 72-68 Tuesday night.
The Commodores advance to the third round of the NIT against Southeastern Conference foe Georgia, which defeated North Carolina State 61-55 in Tuesday night's other second-round game.
"I give them a lot of credit," Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said of the Commodores (20-12), who notched their first 20-win season in four years. "They are playing shorthanded, two of their very best players aren't playing, and I haven't heard a whimper of an excuse.
"That says a lot about them as coaches and their team as a group of players. I have a lot of admiration for them on that."
GEORGIA 61, N. CAROLINA ST. 55: Jumaine Jones scored 20 points, including a rally-killing 3-pointer with 5:27 remaining, in Georgia's victory at North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack (17-15) trailed 43-26 on Jones' 3-pointer with 12:30 to go, but they scored the next 13 points to pull within four with 7:36 left.
Jones' next 3-pointer put Georgia (18-14) in front 48-41.
Ron Kelley and Ishua Benjamin scored 13 points apiece for N.C. State.