Tennessee Rolls over Vandy 69-50 in Knoxville

Tyler Smith scored 30 points as the Volunteers rolled past the Commodores 69-50 in Knoxville on Saturday afternoon.

"I did not think we competed at the level we normally are used to our guys competing. I thought we, for the first time, did not really fight like we normally fight and that was disappointing.

I think they did a good job of being physical with A.J. Ogilvy, and a good job defending him. We have got to figure out better ways to get him the ball. They seemed to cover him up pretty good, and so we have to be more creative about how we get him the ball.

They have active hands, and the ball coming lose is probably a case of us not being strong with the ball, and not handling the ball properly. They have long arms and active hands," Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game. "Tyler Smith was great today and we did not have an answer for him." The Commodores took an early 6-5 lead on a jumper by A.J. Ogilvy, but the Dores would go the next six minutes without scoring a basket. During that span the Vols went on a 14-0 run that gave them a 19-6 lead.

Vandy would make an 8-2 run of their own to cut the UT lead to 21-16 with 5:06 to play. The Dores sloppy play kept them from getting any closer, and Tennessee took a 26-18 lead into the intermission.

A 7-3 Volunteer run out of the break would push the lead to 33-21. The Black and Gold would get a couple of quick baskets to cut the lead to 33-24 but were unable to get the ball inbounds on consecutive possessions. Tennessee turned both of those turnovers into points. Those points started a 14-4 run to give the Vols a 48-28 lead with 12:12 left in the game.

Vanderbilt would not get any closer than 16 for the rest of the afternoon. Turnovers were the difference in this game. The Dores had 23 turnovers that the Volunteers turned into 21 points. Five of those turnovers came from the usually reliable Jermaine Beal.

The Commodores got 11 from Ogivly and Brad Tinsley.

Smith was the only Volunteer to score double figures on the afternoon.

The Dores return to action Tuesday night at Memorial Gym when they take on the Kentucky Wildcats. That game tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.


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