At one point in the second half, Vandy built a 16-point lead, only to watch High Point fight back to cut the lead to two behind an extraordinary performance by Joey Knight. The Commodores opened up a 12-point lead with 2:27 left on Mario Moore's lay-up, and the game seemed to be in hand-- but again the Panthers fought back to get within striking distance at 75-70 with 0:54 to play.
Joey Knight showed the Memorial Gym faithful why he is such an outstanding player for High Point. Knight knocked down 40 points against the Commodores (although the last three-pointer was actually a goaltending call against Brian Thornton when the ball was below the rim).
Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Brian Thornton and Corey Smith, both of whom had career highs. Brian finished with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Corey added 19 points and five rebounds. Matt Freije added 14 points. However, perhaps the best all-around game was turned in by Jason Holwerda. The sophomore from Chattanooga scored nine points, contributed four rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and three steals-- including two that lead to fast-break dunks.
Absent from a good game was David Przybyszewski. The 7-1 center, who poured in 14 points vs. Indiana, was held to two points, but did come up with a career-high 4 blocked shots.
Needless to say, tonight's performance did not help the pain in Coach Stallings' back. He was obviously upset with the team's effort in the game, and expects much better practices this week before his team heads back on the road to face Michigan. This was Coach Stallings' 100th game at the helm of the Commodores; he has won 57 and lost 43.
The Dores moved to 6-2 on the season, while High Point dropped to 2-4.