Vanderbilt came out ready to play on Wednesday night and it didn't take long for them take control of the game and never look back. A 24-4 run to start the game, behind the hot shooting of Commodores junior guard Matthew Fisher-Davis, put the team out in front to start and they never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the game.
Fisher-Davis was the star tonight as he was on point from the moment he stepped onto the court. The Commodores leading scorer, Fisher-Davis had 19 points with only a little more than seven minutes played into the game. It was evident that Fisher-Davis was on target and he needed the ball in his hands.
It wasn't just Fisher-Davis that helped put the team ahead 46-29 at halftime. It was a collected effort by the rest of the team. Strong defense, crisp passes and a physical effort on the boards, were key reasons behind the Commodores dominating the first half.
The story of tonight's game didn't change in the second half. Vanderbilt remained on fire from three and continued limiting Auburn to one shot on the offensive end. The biggest reason for the Tigers being one and down on offense, was because of the strong play down low from center Luke Kornet. The Vanderbilt senior controlled the paint tonight by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks. Kornet was fantastic on both ends of the court and honestly was the balance Vanderbilt needed to counter the hot shooting of Fisher-Davis.
Besides a great night offensively from Fisher-Davis, Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew was very happy with the Commodores defense. After giving up 17 three's to LSU last Thursday, Vanderbilt held Auburn to 6 of 21 from the three point line for 26.% on the game. The Tigers ranked 2nd in the SEC in three point shooting percentage. It was one of the best defensive efforts from Vanderbilt so far on the season and if the team continues to play defense like tonight, more wins could be on the horizon.
Auburn's youth had a hard time finding Vanderbilt shooters. It was poor showing on defense for Auburn where they allowed Vanderbilt to shoot wide open shots all night long. Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl couldn't find an answer to stop the Commodores as it didn't matter what kind of defense he called, Vanderbilt was ready for it.
The Commodores have now started SEC play at 2-0 with an overall record of 8-6. Auburn fell to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.
Vanderbilt will be back on the court this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa set to face the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game will air on ESPNU tipping off at 6 pm Central.
Player of the Game
33 points, 7-14 from three, 11-20 from the field, 5 rebounds