Men's Hoops: Monmouth 81 Vanderbilt 67

Before Friday night many Vanderbilt fans had never heard of the Monmouth Hawks. Saturday night the Hawks gave the Vanderbilt team and fans a lesson in basketball and hustle.

The scrappy Hawks got their first SEC win ever with a stunning 81-67 win over Vanderbilt.  Monmouth is a school located in New Jersey and is a member of the Northeast Conference.

Rahsaan Johnson, Monmouth's fine point guard, led the Hawks to victory by scoring 30 points. The senior hit 10 of 17 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free throw line.  Johnson was named the Northeast Conference's Player of the Year in 2000-01. 

Vanderbilt, which trailed 32-29 at the half,  shot just 44% from the field for the game while the Hawks shot 48%.  However, the big story of the game was at the free throw line.   Vanderbilt took just four free throws all night while Monmouth got 28.  The Dores were outscored from the line 22-2. 

Free throw shooting wasn't the only statistic that the Hawks dominated. The undersized men from The Garden State also won the battle of the boards 33-28. 

Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Matt Freije and Sam Howard; each with 17.  Other scorers included: David Przybyszewski 12; Scott Hundley 10; Brendan Plavich 5; Corey Smith 3; Brian Thornton 2.

Vanderbilt falls to 2-2 with the loss and will next face UT-Chattanooga for 3rd place in the tournament at 7:30 CST on Sunday.  Monmouth will face Notre Dame for the tournament championship on Sunday. Top Stories