Vandy Men Defeat Tennessee Tech 83-63

The Commodores won their third game in a row to improve to 8-3 with an 83-63 win over the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. The win improved the Dores' record to 5-2 at Memorial Gym.

Sophomore center A.J. Ogivly led all scorers with 20 points. He also pulled down six rebounds and was eight for eight from the free throw line.

"It's close to as well as we've been offensively. I don't feel like we're all the way there, but we're close. In the last three halves, we've been over 40 points. If our team gets over 80 [per game], I'll be tickled. Part of it is being able to get some practice time in. It gave us an opportunity to improve our half court offense. I think it's paying dividends now," Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Freshman standout Jeffery Taylor got off to a fast start scoring six points in the first four minutes of the game. His fast start helped the Black and Gold take command of the game early. Tennessee Tech's last lead of the game would come at 9-8 with 14:27 to go in the first half after a three from Frank Davis. Lance Goulbourne would hit a layup to give the Dores the 10-9 lead, and they would never look back.

It was Goulbourne's most extensive action sense returning from mono. He played 15 minutes and ended the game with seven points and seven rebounds. "I got tired at one point and gave Coach (Stallings) the signal to come get me, which is putting my fist up. It's going to be a long process, and I'm definitely not 100%, but I think I'm getting better and stronger every day," he said after the game.

The Commodores ended the first half on a 12-4 run that really put the game out of reach for the Golden Eagles. Freshman guard Brad Tinsley scored six of those twelve points by hitting two key three point jumpers. Vandy headed into the intermission with a commanding 40-29 lead.

Vanderbilt would pull out to their biggest lead of the second half 59-39 on the back of a 9-0 run that would take the Commodores under two minutes to achieve. That run was capped by a three from George Drake.

In addition to the 20 points the Dores got from Ogivly, they also got double digit points from Tinsley with 15, Taylor with 14 and Drake with 12. This Commodore team that starts three freshman is really starting to gel on offense.

Tennessee Tech was led in scoring by Davis with 19 and Daniel Northern with 14. Northern also pulled down a game high 18 rebounds.

Vandy will have just one day off before returning to action in Memorial Gym Monday night against Furman. That game tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on CSS. The team will have a long break after the Furman game for the Christmas holiday.

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