Dores edge ETSU 86-75, move to 4-1

Vanderbilt defeated East Tennessee State 86-75 Wednesday to improve its record to 4-1 on the season. The Commodores raced out to a 48-38 halftime lead and then held off the scrappy Bucs from the Southern Conference to get the win. Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Matt Freije and Brian Thornton, each with 18. Guard Jason Holwerda found his shot hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Vandy returns to action Saturday vs. Tulane.

Head Coach Kevin Stallings:

"I don't think we played our best, but I think East Tennessee State had something to do with that. They give us a fight every time they come in here, and tonight was no different. I think we were feeling some effects from the game on Sunday (UConn). I was extremely disappointed in how they outrebounded us. Essentially, that is what kept them in the game."

"I thought we had some guys do some good things, but obviously we turned the ball over way too much. When you turn the ball over as much as we did, it is going to look ugly."

"It was a victory, and I would have signed up for an 11-point win at the beginning of the night."

"There were lots of things that set us up for having a bad night, but I would take 11 point wins on bad nights the rest of the season. I would have all bad nights if I could have 11-point wins."

Forward Scott Hundley:

"I feel good about any win. Any win should be a good win. There are many things we need to work on. The rebounding is going to be our focus for tomorrow and the next day in preparation for the Tulane game."

"I think I got in my rhythm and started looking for my shot a little bit more," Hundley said. "I felt pretty good out there. I was able to make a few shots early on, which really helped me out."

Forward Brian Thornton:

"I don't think so. That was a big game for us. We came out of that game a little short, but we have to get past that game. We knew ETSU was a good team and were more than capable of beating us. We might have come out a little sluggish, but it had nothing to do with losing to UConn."

"I definitely think this game will provide some momentum for us. We can't get a winning streak going without a first win. We just need to get back on track, and I think we did that tonight."

East Tennessee Coach Ed DeChellis:

"The problem that has reoccurred in our losses is that we lose our poise. During a span of three or four minutes we go from one up to four to six points down. We have to get over the hump. That's our Achilles heel. When someone makes a run at us we don't have the poise on the floor to work through the situation."

"Once again we were able to win the rebounding battle. We played better in the second half. We handled the ball better and played with a purpose. Our 1-3-1 got them sideways and kept us in the game."

East Tennessee State guard Tiras Wade, left, looks for a way around Vanderbilt forward Brian Thornton (2) during the first half Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Top Stories