Team Records and Series Notes: Vanderbilt improves to 8-0 on the season, while Wake Forest drops to 5-2 on the campaign. The win ties the fifth best start in school history and is the best start since the 2003-04 season when the Commodores started the year 12-0. Vanderbilt now leads the all-time series against the Demon Deacons 5-4 and 3-2 in games played in Nashville. Tonight's win is the first for the Commodores against Wake Forest since winning 72-68 on March 17, 1998. The Commodores are now 76-69 against members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since the 1945-46 season, the Commodores are 345-124 in games played in December. Vanderbilt returns to action on Saturday night as it hosts cross-town foe Lipscomb. Opening tip is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be carried live on CSS-TV and on the Vanderbilt/ISP Radio Network with Joe Fisher (play-by-play) and Tim Thompson (analyst).
Vanderbilt Team Notes: Key Run: Trailing 78-76 with 1:40 remaining, Vanderbilt went on a 6-0 run. Freshman Andrew Ogilvy scored all six points for the Commodores during the run, including a hook shot with 33.7 seconds left to put the `Dores up 80-78 and a pair of clutch free throws with 16.1 seconds remaining to stretch the lead to 82-78. Key Stat: The charity stripe again proved the difference for Vanderbilt. The Commodores shot 23-of-27 (85.2 percent) from the line, while the Demon Deacons struggled, making 13-of-20 (65.0 percent) shots. Vanderbilt tied a season high with 40 rebounds. The Commodores shot 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the floor tonight. Vanderbilt has shot better than 40 percent in every game this season. The Commodores have yet to trail at halftime this season. Vanderbilt attempted a season high 24 three-pointers, making eight on the night.
Vanderbilt Individual Notes: Senior swingman Shan Foster led the Commodores in scoring with 26 points, tying a season high. With tonight's performance, Foster moved into 12th place, passing Scott Draud, on the Vanderbilt all-time scoring list with 1,483 points. Foster also moved into fourth place on the career three-point field goals attempted list. The Kenner, La., native has taken 648 threes in his Vanderbilt career. Tonight's performance also marks the 25th time in his career that Foster has scored 20 or more points in a game. Foster also pulled down seven boards and had two steals. Freshman center Andrew Ogilvy tallied his fourth 20-plus point scoring effort on the season with 23 points. The freshman scored six of the last seven points for the `Dores. The Australian made 9-of-10 free throws for the Commodores, including four in the last 90 seconds of the game. Ogilvy also pitched in five rebounds and tied a career high with two blocks. Sophomore guard Jermaine Beal scored eight points for the Commodores and also dished out five assists. Beal has dished out five or more assists in his last three games.