High Point enters the game with a record of 2-3 after
an 82-67 loss at The Citadel Dec. 5. The Panthers had
a scheduled game against Averett Dec. 7, but the High
Point facilities lost power because of a winter storm
and the game was cancelled. The Panthers return six
lettermen and four starters from last yearís squad that
finished 11-19 overall and 5-9 in the Big South.
Sophomore forward Danny Gathings leads the team in
scoring and rebounding with 16 points and 6.2 rebounds
per game. Senior forward Dustin Van Weerdhuizen is second
in scoring with 14.2 points per game, while senior center
Kashawn Hampton is second on the team in rebounding
with five boards per contest.
This is the first ever matchup between the two schools.
However, Vanderbilt owns a 5-1 alltime record against
the Big South Conference.
Three...Dot...Data vs. Indiana
Vanderbilt made just 1-of-15 (.067) three-pointers and
was just 3- of-30 on three-pointers combined versus
UConn and Indiana...The Commodores shot just seven free
throws for the game, while Indiana shot 14...VU had
season lows in points scored, fields goal percentage,
three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage
and blocks...For the second consecutive game, Vanderbilt
had a season-low 14 turnovers...Matt Freije has been
the teamís leading rebounder in three of the past four
games, while leading the team in scoring in all but
one game this season...Against Indiana, VU started the
lineup of Freije, Corey Smith, Brian Thornton, Russell
Lakey and Jason Holwerda for the sixth straight game...The
attendance of 17,147 is the largest for a Vanderbilt
game since 20,173 showed up to Rupp Arena in Lexington,
Ky., to watch the Commodores and Kentucky Wildcats play
35 is No. 1 Against Top Teams
Matt Freije has proven already this season that he will
show up for the Commodores in the big games. Against
No. 12 Connecticut, Freije scored a team-high 18 points
and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. This past Monday
at No. 6 Indiana, Freije once again put the team on
back, scoring a team-high 18 points and pulling down
a team-high nine rebounds.
These two games illustrate how Freije is becoming a
player that has the potential to record a double-double
every night. This season, he has one double-double with
14 points and 11 boards versus Tulane and came within
one rebound of the double-dip against UConn and Indiana.
In his career, Freije has had seven games in which he
missed a doubledouble by just one rebound and another
two games in which he missed by only two rebounds.
Shines at Indiana
Sophomore David Przybyszewski had his best game of the
young season at No. 6 Indiana. He scored a season-high
14 points and also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds
against the Hoosiers. In addition to Matt Freije, Przybyszewski
was the only double-digit scorer for the Commodores
and was truly the only other offensive threat for Vanderbilt
Przybyszewski has been relatively efficient in his
scoring this season. He scored 13 points against East
Tennessee State on 6-of-7 shooting and also registered
a career-high four blocks and grabbed five rebounds.
Versus Tulane, Przybyszewski contributed offensively
with seven points in just 10 minutes and against Georgia
Southern, he scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting.
Packiní Them In
Since Vanderbilt tipped off the season Nov. 22, the
Commodores have been off and running. Vanderbilt played
its first seven games in just 18 days from Nov. 22 to
this past Monday. However, the Dores will play just
four games between now and Jan. 8 when they open the
SEC season at Auburn.