Once again Vandy struggled on defense, but it didn't hurt them in the end because of their ability to score. "When you can't guard, it's really a good thing to score," Coach Stallings said. Stallings is not sold on his team's ranking. He knows they need to play better defense to win games once the enter South Eastern Conference play. "Based on how we're taking care of the ball and how we're playing defensively, we are the most overrated team in the country," Stallings said. "Now I didn't say anything about our ability to score." And score the Commodores did. The 97 points they put up was their highest output of the season.
The Commodores only led by five at the half after Iona's Kyle Camper hit a three with 11 seconds left in the first half. Vanderbilt showed their ability to score by opening the second half on a 26-5 run. Metcalfe had this to say about that run: "We've been working on getting pressure on the ball and then getting stops and rebounds. When you play hard on defense, it helps carry over to offense. As a post player, you swivel harder, you try to get better position and once we got pressure on the ball and got stops, we got confidence going down and the guys just got me the ball in the right place."
Foster said the Commodores knew exactly what they had to do in the second half: "We knew exactly what we had to do. It was just the case of not being smart on a couple of possessions and we realize that we still have work to do defensively, but we had the effort. I think it was a little bit discouraging in the first half being that we played so hard and were only up five. We realized that if we kept that same intensity and came out and played a little bit smarter that things would fall in to our favor."
Iona was led in scoring by Gary Springer who had 17 points. They also got 15 from Devin Clarke. The Commodores will attempt to go 14-0 on January 3rd when Rice travels to Memorial Gym. That game tips off at 7 p.m.