Commodores bounce back from woeful shooting game, get a win

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 8:54pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt followed its worst shooting performance with its best and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process.

Two days after scoring their fewest points in 30 years, the Commodores salvaged a win at the Old Spice Classic by rolling over Texas-El Paso for a 73-49 victory on Sunday in the consolation round in Orlando, Fla.

Vanderbilt (2-3) shot a season-high 51 percent and was got a team-high 17 points from Kedren Johnson. On Friday against Marist, the Commodores suffered an embarrassing 50-33 loss and made just 23 percent of their shots.

“On Friday, when we threw up that terrific 33, I thought our guys played hard but we just couldn’t buy a basket and then it got in our heads and got to everybody,” coach Kevin Stallings said. “I thought [Sunday], the difference in the game was that we played with a lot more energy than [UTEP] did. We asked our team to be the most energetic team in the game. ... It was the next game on the schedule, and we always talk about being ready to play it. I thought we were crisper offensively.”

Rod Odom added 16 points and Kyle Fuller scored 14.

The trio of Odom, Johnson and Fuller scored just 13 points and made six shots against Marist. Odom, Johnson and Kevin Bright each made two 3-pointers as Vanderbilt shot 47.4 percent (9 for 19) from behind the arc. UTEP (1-4) committed 20 turnovers. The Commodores scored 17 points off the miscues.

Vanderbilt returns to Nashville to play Villanova on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.

“I thought it was really, really important for them to come out and show themselves that we were better than what we played on Friday because there’s a fine line between confidence and doubt,” Stallings said. “If you have another subpar offensive day, it may really get in your head and you’re dealing with it for a long time. They generated some confidence from this and that will help them relax and play a little bit better next time.”

11 Comments on this post:

By: 4gold on 11/26/12 at 8:40

Yipppppeeee, the Dores came in 7th in a weak 8 team tournament. Never fear though Dore fans. We have one guy coming in to help next year. He averages a whopping 8 points a game against high school competition. I am sure he will set the world on fire. If you lose 6 players and only recruit one to replace them you can only assume there is some sorry recruiting going on since those two assistants left. Last years scrubs are now this years scrubs and it is all they have to put on the floor. It is sad to watch.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Jughead on 11/26/12 at 8:45

The only reason to attend a Vandy basketball game is to watch the visiting team.

By: TITAN1 on 11/26/12 at 8:57

Good job, guys! Learn from your mistakes. You took a step in the right direction.

By: TITAN1 on 11/26/12 at 9:16

Here are some reasons about why people whine and complain all of the time:

They may have a big ego, or think they're better than the rest, and that's (usually) not true.
Usually people who complain are unhappy. They are unsatisfied with life. They are not getting what they need or want to be happy, so they complain.

To the complainers, please go to

By: Jughead on 11/26/12 at 10:12

@TITAN1: Who died and made you Sigmund Freud?

By: TITAN1 on 11/26/12 at 11:04

Self appointed.

By: Jughead on 11/26/12 at 11:30

@TITAN1: That's illegal. Where do I file a complaint?

By: 4gold on 11/26/12 at 1:57

And then there are people like Titan1 that cant face realities of life and just live in LA LA land all the time.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: TITAN1 on 11/26/12 at 2:08

4gold, it is up to you and only you if you want to be happy and feel good about things or if you want to be miserable and complain all the time. You decide for yourself, nobody decides for you. Think about it. I choose to be happy and look for the good.

By: Jughead on 11/26/12 at 2:13

@TITAN1: You are annoying.

By: TITAN1 on 11/26/12 at 5:38

Truth hurts you, jughead?