Vandy Men Roll Past Furman 68-49

Sophomore center A.J. Ogilvy scored 22 points and had 8 rebounds to lead the Commodores past the Furman Paladins 68-49 in what could have been considered a trap game being the last game before the Christmas break.

Stallings new the challenge he was up against coming into this contest, "It wasn't what I had hoped for, but it is what it is. I could tell during our shoot around that our guys were focused on Christmas and that's how we played. Brad Tinsley didn't make a three point shot against their zone, but we scored 70 points. We didn't attack their zone really well. In the second half, we got it inside to A.J. [Ogilvy] and got to the foul line."

The game got off to an interesting start because Furman was called for a technical foul in pregame warm-ups. Jermaine Beal knocked down both of the free throws, and Vanderbilt had a 2-0 lead before the opening tip.

The Paladins would take a 4-2 lead on a Justin Dehm layup. That lead was short lived after Beal hit a three to make it 5-4, and the Black and Gold would not trail again in the game.

Redshirt freshman center Festus Ezeli had a couple of nice plays early in the first half including a layup where he was fouled and knocked down his free throw, but had to leave the game because his back spasms flared up. He was unable to return. Stallings said the healing process could be a slow one for Ezeli.

The Commodores last field goal of the first half came with 2:58 left, but their solid defensive effort was able to get them to the intermission with a 32-23 lead. The Dores held Furman to 31.6% shooting from the field. "Vandy's size definitely affected us tonight. Beal did a good job of shadowing our perimeter players and playing physical defense on them," Furman Coach Jeff Jackson said after the game.

Vandy put together a 17-3 run in the middle of the second half to put the game out of reach. Five different Dores would contribute to that run. This team continues to show a very balanced attack on offense that makes it tough for teams to defend them.

Beal had 15 points in this game and was the only other Commodore besides Ogilvy in double digits. Vandy shot the ball well from the floor going 22-47 on the night.

The only Furman player in double digits was Jordan Miller with 11. Miller, who had 26 points in the Paladins' last contest, was held to just two points in the first half.

Vanderbilt now has eight days off before returning to action on New Year's Eve at Memorial Gym against St. Francis. The start time of that game has been moved up to 11:00 so fans can attend the basketball game and still make it to the Music City Bowl. The game had originally been scheduled to tip at noon.

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