In a 66-46 victory over the Green Wave, Vanderbilt was led by its front line. Brian Thornton, Matt Freije and Corey Smith combined for 44 points, and dominated the boards when they had to in order to lead the Dores to victory. Thornton scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds; Matt Freije had a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards; Corey Smith chipped in with ten points and five boards.
The Commodores had an answer for every run Tulane threw at them. The last run (6-0) cut the Vandy lead from 46-34 to 46 -40; but from there on out, the Commodores shut down Tulane and outscored them in the last eight minutes, 20-4.
The Vandy defense was again impressive, holding a Tulane team that had shot 76% against Vandy in the second half of last year's game to a mere 33% for the entire game tonight. Vandy could not pull away by more than 12 points through most of the game because the shooters were off. The Commodores shot just 3-of-15 from behind the arc.
Coach Kevin Stallings was again happy with the effort the team put out on the floor. They never gave up and worked hard on the help defense especially in the zone employed by Vanderbilt at times. Vandy held Tulane to 21 points in the first half and only 25 in the second.
Vandy still has some rough edges to clean up before Monday night's big game at Indiana. It will be the Dores' first road test of the year (watch for VeeMan's preview).
Vandy improved to 5-1, while Tulane dropped to 3-4.