Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M
7 pm
November 24, 2002
Memorial Gym
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt 1-0, 0-0 (2001-02 Stats)
No Pos Name   Ht Wt Yr Pts Reb
35 F Matt Freije 6-9 230 Jr 15.1 5.1
2 F Brian Thornton 6-8 255 So 7.2 4.6
44 G/F Corey Smith 6-5 230 So 3.3 2.8
3 G Jason Holwerda 6-5 210 So. 3.0 1.4
11 G Russell Lakey 6-0 182 Jr 2.2 2.5*
Alabama A&M (1-0)2002-03 Stats
40 F Anthony Hayes 6-4 195 Sr 17.0  
30 F Nigel Moore 6-4 200 Sr 17.0  
44 F Garrik Nicholson 6-6 260 Sr 12.0  
20 G Ricky Ricketts 6-2 190 So 28.0  
12 G Obie Trotter 6-1 185 Fr 9.0  

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Scouting Alabama A&M
Alabama A&M opened its 2002-03 campaign with a 96-79 home victory over Tuskegee Friday night in Huntsville, Ala. The Bulldogs return eight letterwinners and four starters from last year’s squad that finished 19-10 and 12-6 in the SWAC.

Sophomore guard Ricky Ricketts was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 28 points in the season opener. Ricketts joins senior forward Nigel Moore, who scored 17 points against Tuskegee after averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season.

Also returning for Alabama A&M are senior forward Anthony Hayes, who averaged 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, senior forward Garik Nicholson, who averaged 5.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season and junior forward Jarvis Smith, who averaged four points and four boards per contest last year.

Alabama A&M finished second in the SWAC’s regular season race last season and lost in the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament. Despite having four starters back, the Bulldogs must replace Desmond Cambridge, their first-team All-SWAC point guard, who led the league in scoring.

Holwerda Begins With Career Night
Jason Holwerda is trying his best to avoid a sophomore slump as he began his second Commodore season with a bang. Against Southeastern Louisiana, Holwerda recorded career highs in points (12), FGs made (5), FGs attempted (7), 3-pt FGs made (2), 3-pt FGs attempted (4) and tied a career high with five assists.

The native of Chattanooga, Tenn., also played solid defense throughout the game. And for good measure, he helped out on offense with two alley-oop dunks. With the first dunk, Holwerda set up Matt Freije for the acrobatic slam. For the second play, Holwerda took a midcourt pass from freshman Mario Moore and finished the fast break with a rim-rattling dunk.

Commodores On Target
Vanderbilt opened the season with an inside game that has not been a part of the Commodore offense for years. One of the early byproducts of this new philosophy is a high field goal percentage.

Against Southeastern Louisiana, Vanderbilt shot 62 percent (31-50) from the field and an even better 73.1 percent (19-26) in the second half alone.

The Commodores still made 5-of-12 (.417) from behind te threepoint arc. But it was the 44 points in the paint that on the game for Vanderbilt.


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