Vanderbilt routs Marquette, gets double-double from Goulbourne

Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:16pm
Staff reports

Kevin Stallings guaranteed Vanderbilt would play with the necessary effort Thursday at No. 14 Marquette.

Even the Commodores’ coach could not have imagined the level of his team’s execution, though.

Lance Goulbourne’s fifth career double-double (13 points, 16 rebounds) was just part of the story as Vanderbilt jumped to a huge early lead and cruised to a 74-57 victory on the road. Goulbourne also blocked three shots and had three steals.

The Commodores (9-4) shot 47 percent from the floor, made 10 3-point attempts and had 17 assists on 23 total field goals. Four players scored in double figures led by Jeffery Taylor, who had a game-high 19 points. John Jenkins and Brad Tinsley added 14 and 11, respectively.

Additionally, Festus Ezeli finished with eight points and seven rebounds in one of his best performances of the season.

Marquette (11-2) missed 19 of its first 21 shots and made just seven first-half field goals. The Commodores, on the other hand, made seven 3-point field goals (on 12 attempts) and led by as many as 27 points, 35-8, during the first 20 minutes.

Vanderbilt’s advantage was 44-22 at intermission, and the Golden Eagles, whose only other loss this season was to LSU, got no closer than 16 during the second half.

Jae Crowder led Marquette with 16 points, and Darius Johnson-Odom chipped in 12. However, the two were a combined 9-for-28 from the floor.

5 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 12/30/11 at 5:32

WTG, Vandy! Great game! If everyone stays healthy this is how good this team can be.

By: Rasputin72 on 12/30/11 at 3:56

'ine and four is not bad for a team whose only sin was being over rated.

By: TITAN1 on 12/30/11 at 8:27

RaspRump, I have been trying to figure out why you are so negative. You seem like you really do enjoy it. When Vandy or the Titans win, two teams you claim to be a fan of, you make excuses like they got lucky or the other team was lousy. When they lose, you say typical Vandy or typical Titans. You will trash them, but you won't give them credit. You want them to fail because you are down and out and you don't like to see anyone else succeed or be happy. Have you thought about therapy? Just because you are a failure doesn't mean you have to try and drag others down with you. There is something missing in your life and I think I know now what it is. I have faith that you will find it, don't give up.

By: Dore4Life on 12/31/11 at 12:58

What version of the Bible are you reading Rasputin72?

By: wiseguy1 on 12/31/11 at 11:50

Based on this performance, I'd wager these guys have been under performing versus overrated.

Under performing seems a growing trademark of Stallings' teams.