Drop Georgia Southern 96-60 11/26/02
Behind a first half 20-2 run, the Commodores (3-0) upended
Georgia Southern (2-1) 96-60 Tuesday night at Memorial Gym.
Vanderbilt was led by the trio of Thornton, Lakey, and Freije
as the 'Dores shot 62% from the field and 62% from three-point
Led by Julius Jenkins, averaging 22 points per game, the
Eagles put an early scare into the Commodores as they jumped
out to a 9-1 lead with 17:33 in the half. But the 'Dores rallied
for an 8-0 run keyed by sophomore Corey Smith's three-pointer
to even the game at 16.
The game remained close until Vanderbilt's Russell Lakey
and Brian Thornton put the team on their back and carried
the 'Dores on a 20-2 run to move the score to 46-28. Thornton,
sophomore from Louisville, made his inside presence known
as he pulled down 5 rebounds and scored 11 points in the first
half. Lakey, whose offensive penetration got Jenkins in early
foul trouble, finished the half with a flurry by netting 8
points in the final 2:37 of the half.
The most dramatic exchange of the game occurred in the final
minutes of the first half between point guards Lakey and Jenkins
who hounded each other all night. Lakey, tightly guarded by
Jenkins, drained a three-pointer with :36 left. Then Jenkins,
shadowed by Lakey, buried his own three-ball. With :17 left
Lakey, determined not be outplayed by Jenkins, broke away
from Jenkins with a crossover dribble and dropped another
three-pointer at the first half buzzer to bring the 6,236
fans at Memorial Gym to their feet.
Vanderbilt led at halftime 57-36. The 57 first half points
was the most since 1999.
The second half was more of the same as the Commodores played
superb defense and had stellar rebounding en route to the
96-60 win. Once again, as in the previous two games, every
player on the bench saw the floor.
Jenkins scored 21 points including 5 three-pointers to lead
the Eagles. Also playing big for Georgia Southern was Frank
Bennett who poured in 14 points and 10 rebounds.
It was tough to single out one player that led Vanderbilt
Tuesday night. You could choose Freije and his team high 22
points. Or you might go with Thornton and his near double-double
of 18 points and 9 rebounds. But, if you have to pick one,
Lakey keyed the win when he poured in 15 first half points
and put the game out of reach during the first half 20-2 run.
Lakey finished with 15 points 8 assists and 4 steals.
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