Senior Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 22 points and led five Commodore players in double figures in a 104-90 victory over Brock University Wednesday night in the fifth day of their U.S. Virgin Islands foreign tour. Saben Lee (18), Maxwell Evans (12), Payton Willis (11), and Jeff Roberson (10) also added double digit scoring in the Commodore win.
Unlike the previous two games of the tour, which saw the Commodores struggle from the floor shooting the ball, Vanderbilt converted on 55.7% of their shots from the field and made 11 threes (47.8%) for the night. Fisher-Davis led the team with three threes, with Roberson and Evans each adding two threes apiece.
Trailing by seven with 3:57 to go in the first half (42-35), the Commodores jumped on the Badgers with a 14-1 run to take the lead, 49-43, and entered the half with a 52-49 advantage. Brock responded early in the second half and retook the lead on a Cassidy Ryan three pointer with 18:35 to go to make the score 55-54, but Vanderbilt immediately responded with a Djery Baptiste layup, a Roberson three, and a layup by Fisher-Davis to give the Commodores the lead for good.
Dores go small
Vanderbilt’s biggest runs came with four guards/wings on the floor, and late in the second half, the Commodores went five out and drove the basket with effectiveness to get layups at the rim. Fisher-Davis led the way in minutes played with 27. Roberson played 24, Lee and Baptiste 22, and Evans 21.
Off the Court on Day Five
The Commodores visited Fort Christian in Charlotte Amalie, a fort built by the Danes over 300 years ago that was recently just opened after an extensive renovation. The fort served as one of their primary defense against invaders that would approach the island by water.
Two hundred years later, the fort was turned into a prison, and remained that way until 1983. Some other things we learned from our tour guides, Levi Farrell and Sean L. Krigger.
• The fort/prison used to sit on a peninsula with water all around it. The water where water used to sit is now filled in with parking lots and other structures.
• The Western Hemisphere's first Lutheran Church was established at Fort Christian.
• The fort was named after King Christian V, a Danish king.
• The structure took eight years to build by hand - all done by slaves. There are no exact corners in the structure - it was built without the use of carpenter squares or rulers.
• A Danish governor lived on the premises in a room off of the church.
• The renovated Fort Christian still has some of the original brick from the original structure.
The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands
We stopped at a fountain called The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands, a statue that commemorates the first slave rebellion that took place in the islands on St. Croix. Mary Thomas (Queen Mary), Axeline Elizabeth Salomon (Queen Agnes), and Mathilda McBean (Queen Matilda) were leaders of a group of slaves in 1878 who protested their inhumane treatment and poor working conditions. In theory, slaves were freed by the Danish Government in 1848, but laws were not enforced and rights were not given to slaves until the three queens led the “Fireburn” of St. Croix, which was a peaceful protest until violence escalated between the Danish army and the slaves.
Read more about the Three Queens here.
Clinic at Charlotte Amalie High School
After a stop at the Three Queens Fountain, we ventured over to Charlotte Amalie High School, home of the ChickenHawks (love that name) for a clinic with some children in the area. We had a great time with everyone at the high school playing games and teaching some basketball skills.