Tech out-hustled, out-shot, and led the Commodores throughout the contest.
The Commodores, who started senior Darius Coulibaly for the third straight game, quickly took him out after things started getting ugly in the first half. Tech scored on multiple dunks in the first half and shot the ball well to take a 41-34 lead at the half.
Vanderbilt's Matt Freije scored 12 points in the first half including 3 of 3 from 3-point range to keep the the game from getting totally out of reach. Freije would go on to score 23.
The second half would not be better to the Commodores. Louisiana Tech (22-9) continued to dominate the boards and score easily inside on Vandy. The Techsters of the Western Athletic Conference went on to out-rebound the Commodores 36-19.
Tech shot almost 60% from field goal range for the game compared to just 39% for the Commodores.
Louisiana Tech's Antonio Meeking and Gerrod Henderson each had 19 points to help their team advance to the second round of the NIT.
After the game Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings had these comments:
"defensively we just had trouble guarding them because they were quicker than us at just about every spot. We tried to zone them and that was even worse. We just didn't have an answer for their quickness. . . we got beat by a better team tonight."
The Commodores finish the 2001-02 season at 17-15.
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