Scores 20; Vanderbilt Tops Tulane 66-46 12/7/02
The Vanderbilt Commodores (5-1) topped the Tulane Green
Wave (3-4) 66-46 Saturday night at Memorial Gym. Sophomore
Brian Thornton scored a career high 20 points and six
rebounds to lead the 'Dores.
In a game where defense ruled, the Commodores were
kings. Vanderbilt held the Green Wave to only 21 points
and 29 percent shooting in the first half. The only
bright spot for Tulane was senior Brandon Brown, who
got most of his eight first-half points from very close
The Commodores came out of the gates with six of their
first eight points coming from in the paint. Leading
the way early on was sophomores Corey Smith and Thornton.
The duo not only put on a show on the court, but they
also entertained the crowd of 7,812 in a pregame video
that was part of the Vanderbilt - Predators ticket plan.
Season ticketholders to the NHL Nashville Predators
were able to purchase tickets to the Tulane game at
a discounted price.
Junior Matt Freije struggles early as he did not ink
his first points until 7:46 remaining in the first half.
But the two points were huge as Freije followed a missed
shot with a tremendous dunk to bring the fans to their
feet. Freije turned things around from there and earned
only his second career double-double with 14 points
and 11 rebounds. His first double-double came against
Birmingham Southern during his freshman year.
Vanderbilt ended the first half leading 31-21.
The Commodores maintained the eight to 12-point cushion
for most of the half. The only time Vanderbilt was threatened
came when Tulane scored two consecutive fast-break dunks
to cut the Commodores lead to six at 42-36.
The Green Wave would never threaten again. The Vanderbilt
starting five checked back into the game at the 10-minute
mark and dominated. The 'Dores put together a 20-10
run that put the game out of reach. The run was keyed
by none other that Thornton. Guards Russell Lakey and
Jason Holwerda did an excellent job getting the ball
down low to Thornton where he could not be handled.
The Commodores hit the road to face last year's national
runner up Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The game will
be televised by ESPN2 and will tipoff at 6 pm CT.
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