Matt Freije nailed a 18 foot fade-a-way jumper at the buzzer
to give the Harlem Globetrotters their first defeat of the
season and second in two years as the Commodores won 70-68
Monday night at Memorial Gym. Junior Matt Freije led the 'Dores
with 24 points and 7 rebounds on 8-16 shooting.
Although the Commodores led virtually the entire game, the
Globetrotters showed their veteran poise as they mounted a
comeback as they trailed 66-59 with only 3:49 to play. The
Globetrotters cut the lead to 68-66 with 1:30 left, and later
tied the game with only :14 remaining before Matt Freije's
With a student crowd in excess of 2,000, the fans at Memorial
Gym were treated to en electrifying evening of basketball.
Sophomore Jason Holwerda set the tone early when he vaulted
over former Razorback Brandon Dean in a dunk attempt that
he unfortunately failed to convert. With the crowd good and
juiced, sophomore Martin Schnedlitz took the ball right at
former Tennessee Tech star Lorenzo Coleman and scored over
the 7-1 giant. Again Memorial Gym was energized when junior
Matt Freije took his man off the dribble and reverse dunked
with 3:38 remaining in the first half.
The most impressive aspect of the Commodore victory was the
tenacity with which they played defense. Junior point guard
Russell Lakey gave every guard the Globetrotters threw at
him fits as he recorded one steal and drew three charges.
Down the stretch, it was sophomore forward Brian Thornton
who snatched three critical rebounds among the likes of NBA
veterans Olden Polynice and Todd Day.
Three young Commodores saw their first action Monday night.
Point guard Mario Moore, guard Adam Payton, and forward Julian
Terrell contributed significantly on the offensive and defensive
The most frightening play of the game came in the second
half when Freije spotted up for a three and Louisville alum
Alex Sanders took Matt out on the shot and sent the forward
sprawling to the ground. Matt got right back up and shook
off the injury.
Vanderbilt returns to action Friday night at 7 pm as the
Commodores host Upstate New York in the final exhibition game
of the year.