However, the Commodores pulled off a rally in the second half behind the heroics of Freije and forward Julian Terrell. Terrell, a 6-9, 225-pound freshman from Nashville, came off the bench to score 12 points and pull down 10 rebounds.
But the Vanderbilt rally was short-lived. The Commodores returned to their cold-shooting ways of the first half and were outscored 16-9 for the remainder of the game by Notre Dame. The Irish managed to hit the majority of their free throws down the stretch.
"We just have to find ways to win games," said Commodore Head Coach Kevin Stallings on the Vanderbilt ISP Network. "We did a great job of coming back and playing hard and getting ourselves back in the game. Then we miss layups and we miss wide open jump-shots and we miss front ends of bonuses. We started fouling."
Vanderbilt falls to 6-4 with the loss. Vanderbilt next hosts College of Charleston on Thursday evening at Memorial Gym. Notre Dame improves to 11-1 and travels to Valparaiso on January 4.
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings argues with officials during first half action. Stallings would get a technical foul. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)