Vandy defeats Global Sports in Exhibition Opener

The Vanderbilt Commodores opened the 2001-02 men's basketball season with a close 75-72 exhibition win over the Global Sports All-Stars at newly renovated Memorial Gymnasium. Second year Head Coach Kevin Stallings substituted liberally in order to give all players significant playing time.

Vanderbilt led at the break, 40-37, and rallied from a 10 point deficit in the second half to get the win. Global led 62-52 with 9:44 remaining when a three pointer by senior Sam Howard ignited Vanderbilt.

Two free throws by sophomore Matt Freije with 1:20 remaining gave Vanderbilt a lead they would never relinquish, 71-70.

Two free-throw shots by Sam Howard with seven seconds remaining in the contest sealed the win for the Commodores.

Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Matt Freije with 18 points. Freije also had five rebounds and two assists. Sam Howard finished with 12, hitting two of four from three point range.

Vanderbilt Polish freshman David Przybyszewski who many thought was a "project" surprised the home crowd by finishing third in scoring with eight points. Przybyszewski hit two of three from the field but was just three of eight from field goal range. He had three rebounds but picked up four fouls.

Sophomore Todd Hundley scored seven points and pulled down four rebounds.

Much celebrated freshman Jason Holwerda scored six points, hitting two of five from field goal range. He also made two free throws and had four rebounds.

Brian Thornton, a freshman from Louisville, had six points and four rebounds. Brendan Plavich had six points, including two key three-pointers late in the game.

Other scorers as follows:

Russell Lakey 4, Darius Coulibaly 2, Corey Smith 5.

For the game, Vanderbilt shot 45% from field goal range, 90% from free throw range, and 48% from 3-point range. Vanderbilt was out rebounded 35-32 by Global. Vanderbilt had 14 turnovers to Global's 16.

The Commodores next face Northern State in another exhibition game on Sunday, November 11th at Memorial Gymnasium. Top Stories