Uses 21-0 Second Half Run to Defeat College of Charleston
The Vanderbilt Commodores (7-4) used a 21-0 run to
erase a five point halftime deficit to defeat College
of Charleston (10-3) 70-53 Thursday night at Memorial
Gym. Matt Freije and Corey Smith led the Commodores
with 17 points apiece.
Whatever happened in the Vanderbilt locker room at
halftime proved to be the best medicine for the ailing
Vanderbilt offense. The team that played the first half
with 12 turnovers and shot 33 percent from the field
was not the same team that returned for the second stanza.
After having trouble in the first half getting the
ball inside, Freije connected on the first play of the
second half with an easy bucket at point-blank range.
But the real fireworks started a few minutes later when
Smith nailed a three-pointer with 12:49 remaining in
the game to cut the Cougars' lead to three at 38-35.
On the next possession sophomore David Przybyszewski
bombed a three-ball of his own. Then on the very next
possession Smith made it three three-pointers in a row
as he sank another long range bomb to give Vanderbilt
the first lead of the game at 41-38.
Those three-pointers would be the beginning of an incredible
21-0 run that put the game away.
Junior guard Scott Hundley "had by far his best
game of the season" according to head coach Kevin
Stallings. It was Hundley's six points, four rebounds,
and an astounding five assists that keyed Vanderbilt
to the huge run. But it was Hundley's defense on the
Cougars' Troy Wheless that got Stallings' attention.
Freije seemed to carry the team on his back as he
provided vocal and athletic leadership during the Commodores'
sub-par first half. Every time the Commodores needed
a bucket Freije was there to bail out the 'Dores.
Freije added, "It was good to show the younger
guys and remind some of us older guys how to win."
Also having a big game was Przybyszewski as he was
perfect from the floor, while going 4-4 and connecting
on one three-pointer.
The Commodores return to action as they open the SEC
season on the road at Auburn on Wednesday January 8th
at 7 pm.
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