East Tennessee State
East Tennessee State enters the game with a record of
1-2 after a 78-57 loss at UNCWilmington Saturday. The
Bucs return 11 lettermen and four starters from last
yearís squad that finished 18-10 and 11-5 in the Southern
Conference to tie for first place in the North Division.
Sophomore guard Tiras Wade leads the team in scoring
with 16.3 points per game, while junior forward Jerald
Fields is the only other double-figure scorer with 10.7
points per game. ETSUís leading rebounder is junior
forward Zakee Wadood, who averages seven boards a game.
Vanderbilt and ETSU have faced each other in four of
the past five seasons and every year since Kevin Stallingsí
arrival as Vanderbilt head coach four years ago.
After shooting just 45-of-75 (.600) from the free-throw
line in the first three games of this season, Vanderbilt
made 16-of-19 (.842) from the charity stripe against
UConn...The Commodores were outrebounded by just two
boards (36-34) after being outrebounded by 10 boards
against UConn last season...Freshman Adam Payton scored
seven points and grabbed two rebounds in just eight
minutes of action...Sophomore Corey Smith was 4-of-4
from the free-throw line and now is 10-of-10 for the
season...Vanderbilt outscored UConn 39-38 in the second
stanza...Sophomore David Przybyszewski scored a season-
high eight points and collected five rebounds...Despite
going against one of the nationís premier shot blockers
in UConnís Emeka Okafor, he had just three blocks, while
Vanderbilt and UConn finished the game tied with four
blocks apiece...Junior forward Matt Freije matched a
career high with his 36 minutes...Points in the paint:
VU 42, UConn 40...Points off turnovers: VU 14, UConn
21...Second-chance points: VU 12, UConn 14...Fast-break
points: VU 12, UConn 11.
Quietly Still Team Leader
Junior forward Matt Freije quietly continues to be the
team leader with 18 points per game. He has been Vanderbiltís
leading scorer in all four contests and the game-high
scorer in three of those four games.
Freijeís season-high scoring output was 22 points against
Georgia Southern, but his performance against the No.
12 UConn Huskies was his best all-around effort. The
junior scored 18 points and just missed his second career
double-double with nine rebounds. His nine boards was
the most for him since grabbing nine rebounds Dec. 29
against Morehead State.
Commodores Struggle From Downtown
Vanderbilt found the going tough from long range against
the No. 12 Connecticut Huskies. The Commodores did not
make a three-pointer until the 13:32 mark of the second
half and finished just 2-of-15 (.133) from behind the
The two made treys and the 13.3 three-point field goal
percentage were both lows for Vanderbilt since shooting
2-of-20 (.100) Feb. 20 against Mississippi State.