Vandy overpowers Upstate New York, 91-70

Nashville, Tenn.- Junior Matt Freije poured in 21 points and pulled down 7 rebounds as Vanderbilt won its second exhibition game of the 2002-03 basketball season.

Vanderbilt unleashed scoring runs of 11-0, 10-4 and 8-2 in the first half to extend their lead to 50-25 at the break.

Sophomore David Przybyszewski was involved in one of the most interesting possessions of the night. On one possession he missed a 3-point attempt. Scott Hundley grabbed the rebound and then passed the ball to a waiting Przybyszewski who missed a jumper. Przybyszewski pulled down his own rebound and then missed a lay-up. Przybyszewski again got his own rebound and missed a jump shot.

The possession was still not finished. Przybyszewski got still another rebound and proceeded to miss another lay-up. Brian Thornton then rebounded and passed to a waiting Przybyszewski who from behind the 3-point arc nailed a 3-point shot. All in all Przybyszewski had a total of two 3-point attempts, 3 offensive rebounds, and 6 field goal attempts on that one possession.

Vanderbilt out rebounded Upstate 54-42 and out shot the opponents from field goal range 49% to 35%.

After the game Commodore Coach Kevin Stallings had these comments: "Well, I thought during the first half, we worked pretty hard and we were able to get transition baskets and get what we wanted. We didn't come out in the second half with the same intensity. They have a lot of guys that can score in a hurry. But, sometimes the toughest thing to do is play with a lead. I thought (Matt) Freije played terrific in the first half, and we didn't care to leave him in there in the second half."

"We were a little ragged in the second half. But, we scored 91 points and held them to 35 percent from the field."

4,374 Vandymaniacs watched as Vanderbilt completed its exhibition play with a 2-0 record. The Commodores stunned the Harlem Globetrotters, 70-68, on Monday night. The Commodores open regular season play when they host Southeastern Louisiana on November 22.


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