Men's hoops: Farewell to three great seniors

VandyMania salutes Darius Coulibaly, Sam Howard and Chuck Moore, three seniors who play their final home basketball game tonight at Memorial Gym against Kentucky. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot.


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The son of a mango farmer from Korhogo, Ivory Coast, Darius was recruited by Jan Van Breda Kolff out of Greensboro (N.C.) Day High School. In only his second year of playing organized basketball, he led Greensboro Day to the state championship game.

After redshirting the 1997-98 season, Darius played in 19 games as a redshirt freshman and pulled down 10 rebounds in only his third collegiate game. He played all 30 games in his sophomore season, when he pulled down 68 rebounds. His 29 blocked shots that season placed him fifth all-time in the Vandy record books for blocked shots in a season.

Though playing only sparsely in his junior and senior seasons, Darius provided needed depth to a thin Vanderbilt frontcourt. He currently ranks eighth on Vanderbilt's all-time list for blocked shots per game with 0.54.

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Career Statistics

Year G-GS FG-A FT-A Reb A BS Pts PPG
1998-99 19-1 8-15 3- 6 42 0 8 19 1.0
1999-00 30-4 30-68 6-16 68 9 29 66 2.2
2000-01 28-1 8-27 13-22 28 4 11 29 1.0
2001-02 14-1 1- 3 2- 3 9 10 1 4 0.3
Total 91-6 47-113 24-45 147 23 49 118 1.3


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As a high schooler, Sam was the all-time leading scorer in Nashville High School history with 3,063 points. Jan Van Breda Kolff recruited Howard from Goodpasture High School, where he had played alongside Ron Mercer and Drew Maddux. A native Nashvillian, Sam grew up a Vanderbilt fan and ultimately realized his dream of playing for the Commodores.

After taking a medical redshirt for the 1997-98 season, Sam averaged 8 points per game as a freshman and scored 22 points in a memorable home win over Ohio State. As a sophomore he averaged 10.3 points per game. In an unforgettable upset win over No. 6 Florida in January, 2000, Howard sank 7-of-8 3-pointers and again put up 22 points.

Plagued by injury in his junior season, Sam bounced back to play extensive minutes his senior year and contributed 10 points per game. He scored a career high of 24 points in the opener against Liberty, and 22 more in a road loss to SEC champion Alabama. Four times this season he has contributed four assists.

Sam is pursuing a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Special Education. With two regular-season games to play, plus the SEC Tournament, Howard ranks as Vandy's 56th all-time leading 3-point shooter, and is only 22 points away from the elite 1,000-point career club.

Career Statistics

Year G-GS FG-A 3FG-A FT-A Reb A Pts PPG
1998-99 29-5 79-213 58-158 17-23 60 29 233 8.0
1999-00 29-4 103-265 74-206 20-27 63 45 300 10.3
2000-01 30-11 69-201 35-120 20-27 54 63 193 6.4
2001-02 26-12 90-205 56-139 16-24 42 39 252 9.7
Total 114-32 339-884 223-623 73-101 219 176 978 8.6



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Chuck has played two seasons at Vanderbilt under Kevin Stallings after transferring from Seton Hall. The native of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania has proven a formidable scorer, ball handler and team leader in his two seasons as a Commodore.

In his junior season Moore was Vanderbilt's leading scorer with 12 points per game, and the SEC's fifth-leading 3-point shooter with 2.31 treys per game. During a torrid stretch at the end of the season, Moore averaged 16 points per game and 47.1 percent from 3-point range. His best performance came in a road upset of No. 7 Florida, when he went 4-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point range.

This season, despite a pre-season meniscus tear that has been slow to heal, Chuck is the team's second-leading scorer behind Matt Freije with 12.6 points per game. His 6-of-9 from 3-point range performance at Connecticut was Vandy's lone bright spot for that game. His 22 points against Liberty is his season high to date. His free throws last Saturday iced a big win over Tennessee.

With a major in business, Chuck told VandyMania he plans a career in the business world after graduation from Vanderbilt.

Career Statistics

Year G-GS FG-A 3FG-A FT-A Reb A Pts PPG
2000-01 29-26 115-292 55-157 63-79 101 51 348 12.0
2001-02 27-25 115-260 43-119 68-83 107 62 341 12.6
Total 56-51 230-552 98-276 131-162 208 113 689 12.3 Top Stories