Vandy Men Win Opener 74-48

The Vanderbilt Commodores (1-0) basketball team opened their 2008-2009 season with a 74-48 win over the Morehead State Eagles. Freshman forward Jeffery Taylor led all scorers with 16 points.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said he was happy with his team's effort, "I liked our team's effort. I thought we played really hard. To turn them over 21 times and hold them to 34% shooting, I'm pleased with that. I thought we didn't take care of the ball in the first half. Our team's mentality is to come out and try to win the game in the first five minutes, but it's a 40 minute game. We need to slow down mentally."

The Eagles Demonte Harper opened the game with a personal 4-0 run. The Commodores would get on the board a minute later with a 3 point basketball from Jermaine Beal.

Morehead State took a 13-10 lead with 11:35 to go in the first half on a two point jumper by Leon Buchanan. The Dores would answer that basket with an 8-0 run that was capped on a dunk by Beal.

The Black and Gold got off to another slow start. Sophomore center A.J. Ogilvy said the slow starts are nothing to be alarmed by, "It's not something that we need to worry about. The exhibition game was a first. This game was another first that we had to conquer."

The Commodores would end the half on a 7-2 run that was capped by a Brad Tinsley three point basket with just five seconds remaining in the first half to give the Dores a 28-24 lead heading into the intermission.

The Commodores would find their stride in the second half outscoring the Eagles 43-24 in the half.

In addition to the 16 points from Taylor Vandy got double digits from Ogilvy with 12, freshman guard Brad Tinsley with 12 and freshman forward Lance Gouldbourne with 11, and Beal with 10.

Stallings was pleased with the play he got from his bench, "We had five guys in double figures. Jeffry Taylor misses two dunks and three free throws and he's a good free throw shooter. We were a few normal things away from being a lot better offensively. It's imperative that we get good play from our bench. For us to win decisively and for A.J. only to have 12 points, that's a great sign."

The Eagles were led in scoring by Robert Murry and Terrance Hill who each had 10 points.

Vandy played this game without freshman forward Steve Tchiengang who has been ruled ineligible for the first five games of the season because of a rule that involves certain first year international students.

The Commodores return to action Thursday night when they Illinois comes to Memorial Gym. That game tips of a 7 p.m. and will be shown on FSN South. The Commodores will open their Southeastern Conference schedule on January 10th against the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.

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