Team Records and Series Notes: Vanderbilt improves to 6-0 on the season, while South Alabama falls to 4-3. The Commodores are 6-0 on the season for the first time since the 2003-04 season when the Commodores opened the season with 12 straight victories. Since the 1987-88 season, Vanderbilt has opened the season with six straight wins five times, accomplishing the feat in 1997-98 (6-0), 1999-2000 (8-0), 2000-01 (6-0), and 2003-04 (12-0). Kevin Stallings improves to 150-108 as the head coach of the Commodores. He's only the third coach in Commodore history to record at least 150 victories. Vanderbilt improves to 55-48 all-time in overtime contests, including 24-13 in overtime games in Memorial Gym. The Commodores are now 11-4 in double overtime games and have won three straight double overtime contests. Vanderbilt improves to 50-14 all-time against members of the Sun Belt Conference. Vanderbilt returns to action on Saturday as it welcomes the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to Memorial Gymnasium. Tip time is set for Noon and the game will be carried live on Fox Sports South and the Vanderbilt/ISP Radio Network with Joe Fisher (play-by-play) and Tim Thompson (color analyst).
Vanderbilt Team Notes: Key Run: Tied at 84 with 2:38 remaining in the second overtime, the Commodores went on a 5-1 run over the next minute. Freshman Andrew Ogilvy put the Commodores ahead to stay by making a layup in the lane and then converting the foul shot for the three-point play. After South Alabama's Daon Merritt made one-of-two free throws to cut the lead to two, sophomore Jermaine Beal made two crucial free throws to give the Commodores a four-point lead that they would never relinquish. Key Stat: The Commodores continued their stellar free-throw shooting, making 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) in the game. Vanderbilt knocked down 7-of-9 free throws in the second overtime to helped seal the victory. Vanderbilt shot 32-of-69 (46.4 percent) from the field and 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from the three-point line. The Commodores dished out a season-high 27 assists on 32 made field goals. Vanderbilt tied a season high with eight blocked shots.
Vanderbilt Individual Notes: Senior Shan Foster led the Commodores in scoring for the fourth time this season, pouring in 26 points. Foster is the first Commodore to score 25 points in a game since Derrick Byars scored 27 in last year's double overtime win against Washington State. Foster also added four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in a career high tying 44 minutes. Foster has scored double-figure points in nine consecutive games. Freshman center Andrew Ogilvy added 19 points. Ogilvy pulled down eight rebounds, set a new career-high with three assists and tied a career high with two blocks and two steals. Senior center Alan Metcalfe set a new career high in points with 14. Metcalfe also set career highs in field goals made (6) and field goals attempted (9). Senior forward Ross Neltner scored 15 points for Vanderbilt. Neltner was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line and tied a career high with three steals. Jermaine Beal set a new career high with seven assists. Beal has dished out 17 assists in his last three games. Keegan Bell tied a career high with four assists.