Vanderbilt improves to 3-0 on the season, while Valparaiso falls to 2-1. The Commodores have won their first three games of the season in seven of the last 10 seasons. Vanderbilt now leads the all-time series with Valparaiso 2-0 with both wins coming in Nashville. The Commodores are also now 2-6 all-time against members of the Horizon League. Vanderbilt has won 91 of its last 97 games against non-conference opponents at Memorial Gym. Since 1990, the Commodores are 138-13 (91.4 percent) against non-SEC foes at home. Vanderbilt is now 79-22 all-time in the month of November. Vanderbilt returns to action on Friday night at the South Padre Invitational in South Padre Island, Texas. The Commodores face Utah State at 9 p.m. with the game being aired live by CSTV.
Vanderbilt Team Notes:
Key Run: Trailing 60-58, the Commodores scored seven unanswered points over the next two and a half minutes to take a 65-60 lead. Freshman center Andrew Ogilvy capped the run with a slam dunk and layup. Key Stat: The Commodores were able to take advantage from the foul line tonight, making 25-of-31 (80.6%) free throws. In the second half, Vanderbilt converted on 19-of- 21 (90.5 percent) foul shots. Valparaiso only got to the foul line 12 times, and made 7 of their attempts. The Commodores continued their early-season shooting success, making 28-of-56 (50.0 percent) shots from the field and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Commodores were outrebounded for the first time on the season, with Valparaiso claiming the rebounding battle 45-37. The Crusaders had 21 offensive rebounds on the night. Vanderbilt has now hit a three in 667 consecutive games, the second longest streak in the country.
Vanderbilt Individual Notes:
Andrew Ogilvy led the Commodores in scoring with 21 points, registering his second-consecutive 20-point game. Nineteen of Ogilvy's 21 points came in the second stanza. The freshman center also added seven rebounds and two blocks. Senior forward Ross Neltner recorded his second career double-double, registering 16 points and 10 rebounds. Neltner also contributed three assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior guard Alex Gordon barely missed his second career double-double, scoring 10 points and bringing down nine rebounds. Gordon also dished out six assists. Senior swingman Shan Foster recorded double-figures for the third straight game, pouring in 15 points. Foster made two threes on the evening to move into a tie with Barry Booker (1986-89) for fourth on the Vanderbilt all-time, three-point field goals made list with 246 made threes. Andre Walker had his best performance as a Commodore, registering a career-high nine points and adding two blocks. Senior center Alan Metcalfe scored seven points for the Commodores and made the sixth three-pointer of his career in the first half. Freshman guard Keegan Bell tied a career high with four assists. Sophomore George Drake recorded his first career start.