Vandy Men Fall to UIC 74-55

The Vandy men fell to 74-55 Illinois-Chicago at Memorial Gym Wednesday night just two days after winning the Cancun Challenge. Sophomore center A.J. Ogilvy and freshman forward Jeffery Taylor each had 14 points to lead the Commodores.

Vanderbilt appeared to be suffering from fatigue coming off two games in two days in Cancun with just eight scholarship players on the roster. "We were severely outplayed, outfought, and out-hustled tonight. It was a very disappointing and embarrassing performance," Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Stallings was asked if he thought the lack of effort was a carryover from the trip to Cancun, "We haven't played like that in any other game, but we're not going to use it as an excuse. We play them as they come up on the schedule."

Ogilvy said the Commodores just looked past the Flames, "We might not have looked ahead enough. It's a hard lesson to learn, and probably one that we should have learned earlier in the season: that you can't look past any team. Especially a team like [UIC] that has great players that come in and do well."

The only Vanderbilt lead of the game would come at 7-6 after Ogilvy made a jumper with 17:02 left to go in the first half. Robo Kreps would make a layup on the Flames next possession and never relinquish the lead again. That layup would spark a 9-1 run by UIC that was capped by a Josh Mayo three.

The Dores would go on a mini-run of their own to cut the lead to 15-14 with 9:55 to go before halftime, but a Kreps three would push the Flames' lead back to 18-14. The Black and Gold would tie the game at 18 after Jermaine Beal hit two free throws but allowed Illinois-Chicago to get three offensive rebounds before Kris Harris made a jumper. It was just that kind of night for Stallings's team.

The Flames would end the half on a 15-6 to take a 33-24 into the intermission.

Vandy would not be able to get the game any closer than nine points in the second half. They got it down to nine on two occasions, the first with 17:39 to go in the game when Taylor hit a jumper, and the second with 14:24 left after Beal hit a three.

UIC's biggest lead of the night was 24 points that came with 8:01 left in the game after Mayo hit a layup.

In addition to the 14 points that the Dores got from Ogilvy and Taylor, they also got double digits from freshman guard Brad Tinsley with 11.

Mayo would lead all scorers with 30 points. The Flames also got double digits from Kreps with 23.

Things do not get any easier for the Commodores as they travel to Atlanta this weekend to take on ACC foe Georgia Tech. That game tips off at 1:00 central and can be seen on FSN South. That game will be a good chance for the Dores to prove what they are made of and bounce back from this tough loss.

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