Cleaning the Glass: Austin Peay

Nov. 10, 2017

By Zac Ellis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt began its season on the right foot against Austin Peay.

The Commodores used a first-half surge and opportunistic defense to take down the Governors 73-54 on Friday night at Memorial Gym.

Let’s clean the glass from Vanderbilt’s season-opening victory:

THE SKINNY: The Commodores and Governors maintained a tight game for much of the first half until the home team broke things open before the break. The Dores built a double-digit lead and carried a 41-28 lead into halftime. Vanderbilt started slowly in the second half, but strong defense allowed it to keep Austin Peay at bay for the remainder of the night.

TURNING POINT: Vanderbilt led 21-19 in the first half when it staged a quick 6-0 run, capped by a Clevon Brown fastbreak slam off a Saben Lee dish. Austin Peay quickly called a timeout, but the Commodores continued to pour things on when play resumed. Lee authored his own highlight dunk on a one-handed slam with 2:05 until half, which ballooned the Dores’ lead to 37-23.

IMPACT PLAYER: Jeff Roberson. The senior enters the season and one of Vanderbilt’s leaders, and he did not disappoint in the opener. Roberson carded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and also knocked down the game’s opening 3-pointer.

STARTLING STAT: 1,000 – Roberson opened up scoring with a 3-pointer at 18:42 of the first half, marking Vanderbilt’s 1000th consecutive game with a made 3-pointer. The Commodores are one of only three teams in the country (Princeton, UNLV) to make a trey in every game since the 3-point line was established for the 1986-87 season.

WHAT IT MEANS: One season after losing its first game to Marquette, Vanderbilt begins the 2017-18 campaign with a victory in head coach Bryce Drew’s second season.

WHAT’S NEXT: Vanderbilt heads to neighboring Belmont for a short road trip next Monday, Nov. 13.

Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.


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