Balanced Vandy powers past UT-Martin, 94-60

NASHVILLE-- Vanderbilt fans found out Saturday night there is more to this year's Commodore squad than just Matt Freije. Against Tennessee-Martin, en route to a fairly routine 94-60 victory, Vanderbilt found out points will indeed come from somewhere else on occasion this season. "I've said I don't want to be a one-man team, and I don't think we will be," said Coach Kevin Stallings.

NASHVILLE-- Kevin Stallings tried to let everyone know Vanderbilt would not be a one-man scoring show this season. But that is hard to prove when a quick scan of the starting lineup after two games reveals the numbers 28.0, 5.5, 5.0, 4.0 and 3.5 in the points per game column. Matt Freije was the gasoline, oil, engine, tires, transmission and radiator for this Commodore car, was he not?

Vanderbilt fans found out Saturday night there is more than No. 35 to this year's squad. Against Tennessee-Martin, en route to a fairly routine 94-60 victory, Vanderbilt found out points will indeed come from somewhere else on occasion this season.

"I've said I don't want to be a one-man team, and I don't think we will be," said Stallings. "It is interesting we scored 94 points and Matt only scored 9."

Guard Mario Moore (right), who scored just eight points in Vanderbilt's first two games, had 11 points in the first 13 minutes Saturday, showing that he will be a viable offensive option this season from the point position. Moore scored 13 for the game and handed out four assists.

"We showed tonight if you focus on one player, we can still hurt you," Moore said.

Center David Przybyszewski also topped his two-game total (7) in the first half against Tennessee-Martin, tallying nine before the break as Vanderbilt walked off the floor with a 48-34 lead.

Przybyszewski finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds, his first career double-double.

"We came out and did our job," the junior said. "We still came out focused. We kept pushing and pushing."

Julian Terrell tallied 14 points (including four dunks) and Corey Smith had 11 points and five assists.

"Matt is sick, so everyone had to step up," Terrell said.

Freije's first points did not come until more than ten minutes into the game, at which point Vanderbilt had built a 26-18 lead. The lead gradually grew, topping out at 37 in the second half.

Freije practiced only about 50 percent of the time since the Indiana game, according to Stallings, and had an IV in him about two hours before game-time.

"He was a little under-energized tonight," Stallings said. "Hopefully he will be back to his typical self soon."

Freije saw his consecutive free throw string snapped at 28 in the second half, when he missed after making a basket and getting fouled.

The Commodores were able to maintain their intensity in picking up their third win of the season despite playing at the tail end of fall break and coming off a big win against Indiana.

"I told the team I wanted people to keep saying the nice things they are saying about them," Stallings said. "I don't want people saying they couldn't get up for UT-Martin. Other than our first-half defense, I thought our performance was top-notch."

Vanderbilt outrebounded the Skyhawks, 49-26.

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Bill Trocchi is the online editor at Athlon Sports.

Photos by Neil Brake, courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics.


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