Defeats High Point 81-75 12/15/02
Although High Point's (2-4) Joe Knight dropped 40 points
on the Commodores, Vanderbilt proved to be too much
Sunday night as the 'Dores (6-2) won 81-75 at Memorial
Gym. Sophomore Brian Thornton once again delivered as
he scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven
To begin the game, head coach Kevin Stallings tinkered
with the lineup by giving sophomore David Przybyszewski
the start over sophomore Corey Smith. This was the first
time of the season Smith was not given the nod to start
With the 'Dores playing a little ragged and trailing
by three, Stallings entered a lineup which included
all three freshmen Mario Moore, Julian Terrell, and
Adam Payton. Moore sparked Vanderbilt when he hit a
three-pointer that gave Vanderbilt the lead at 13-11.
Vanderbilt would never trail again. Later Payton spotted
up from the top of the key and drained another trifecta
to extend the lead to seven.
The story of the first half was sophomore guard Joe
Knight who torched Vanderbilt for 20 points. Knight,
from nearby Columbia, Tenn., scored inside, scored outside,
and ended the half with a very long range bomb from
over 23 feet to cut the Vanderbilt lead to five.
After leading the team in scoring with seven in the
first half, Smith earned a starting spot as the 'Dores
opened the second half. The Commodores went to work
on the inside, scoring the first eight points of the
half to take the lead at 43-30.
There was a concerted effort to get junior Matt Freije
involved in the game. After being saddled with early
foul trouble and only scoring two points in the first
half, Freije was having a hard time finding his rhythm.
Eventually, Freije found his shot and finished the game
with 12 points.
Knight's second-half performance was just as spectacular
as the first. Knight displayed his whole repertoire
en route to scoring a career-high 40 points.
Finally, in the 40th minute, the Commodores stopped
Knight. With the game still in doubt, junior point guard
Russell Lakey stuffed Knight's three-point attempt.
The block triggered a fastbreak that concluded with
Smith spinning and converting an acrobatic lay-up.
Smith seemed to respond to not starting. Smith finished
the game with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and nailed
all three of his three-point attempts.
The Commodores hit the road for the holidays as they
play at Michigan December 21st at 1:30 pm and at Notre
Dame December 30th at 6:30 pm. The next game at Memorial
Gym is January 2nd when the Commodores host the No.
25 College of Charleston.
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