Playing without starters John Jenkins and Andre Walker, the Commodores dominated the Davidson Wildcats on Sunday afternoon 80-52.
"I'm proud of my team," said Coach Stallings following the game. "We took care of [the ball] the whole game…I was surprised—no one has gotten away from [Davidson] all season long."
Davidson coach Bob McKillop was similarly surprised: "We've played a challenging schedule… This is very uncharacteristic of us but Vanderbilt had a lot to do with that," he said following the game. "They're a terrific team".
The result of the game was never in question—Vanderbilt jumped out to a 23-6 and held a 52-24 lead at the half. In his first game since serving a two-game suspension, Lance Goulbourne started in place of injured Andre Walker and sunk his first shot, a three-point jumper just over a minute into the game. Goulbourne finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes of play.
Jeffery Taylor led all scorers with 22 points alongside 4 rebounds and 4 assists. His fast break dunk to start the second half marked the 1,000th point the Taylor has scored in his career—he is only the 41st player in Vanderbilt history to reach that number.
"We played really well on defense," said Taylor following the game. "That led to a lot of fast break opportunities. The key to the game was our defense." When asked about reaching 1,000 points, Taylor said the accomplishment was not one he would dwell on.
Vanderbilt held Davidson to just 29.3 percent shooting from the field and just 19 percent from behind the three-point line. In addition, Vanderbilt committed just 10 fouls, allowing Davidson to shoot only 5 free throws.
Davidson's Jake Cohen, who leads the Wildcats with 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, was largely ineffective on Sunday, scoring just two points. Cohen fouled out midway through the second half. Freshman guard Chris Czerapowicz led Davidson on Sunday with 16 points and 7 rebounds in just his second game with the Wildcats.
Like Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor, Czerapowicz is from Sweden. Although they never played together overseas, the two players knew each other and casually spoke to each other during downtime on the court. While Taylor was talking about Czerapowicz after the game, Coach Stallings walked by, casually saying "At least there's one guy from Sweden who can shoot."
John Jenkins cheered the team on from the bench after suffering a concussion in practice on Saturday. Andre Walker was also unavailable due to an ankle injury from practice on Friday. Rod Odom and Lance Goulbourne started in their place.
"We would like to be full strength but that's part of it," Coach Stallings said about the injuries. "You have to control the things you can control. It will be nice to get everybody back when we finally do." Stallings went on to say that Jenkins may play on Saturday against South Carolina but Walker's injury "could be a while."
The Commodores will need to be as healthy as possible when they travel to South Carolina this weekend. After playing the Gamecocks on Saturday, Vanderbilt will return home to Memorial Gymnasium to host Georgia on Wednesday the 12th.
Taylor Leads Vandy to Another Impressive Win
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