Commodores Take On Maui At The 2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational
Nov. 22, 2009
Vanderbilt will make its fourth ever appearance in the Maui Invitational this Monday through Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui at the 2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Commodores will take on the University of Cincinnati in their opener Monday afternoon at 12:30 local time, 4:30 p.m. Central. The game can be seen live on ESPN2, with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery on the call. The action can also be heard live on the Vanderbilt-ISP Radio Network and vucommodores.com, with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson courtside calling all of the action.
The Commodores opened their west coast swing Friday night with a thrilling, 72-70, win over Saint Mary's at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. Sophomore Jeffery Taylor led the way for Vanderbilt with 19 points and a career-high four steals, with senior point guard Jermaine Beal chipping in 16 points, and sophomore Andre Walker pouring in a career-high 14 point performance, while also adding a career-high three steals.
Vanderbilt opened the second half against the Gaels on a 9-0 run and pushed its one-point halftime lead to 14, its largest of the game with 14:46 to go in regulation. Saint Mary's never went away, and had a three-point attempt at the buzzer to win the game rattle out as the Commodores came away with the two-point victory.
VU shot 47.4% from the floor in the game, 40.0% from three, and 63.6% from the free throw line. The Gaels were 41.0% from the field, 36.8% from three, and 61.9% from the charity stripe in the game.
This will be the seventh career meeting between the two schools. The two teams played a home-and-home series in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, with the Bearcats coming away with two wins in that series. Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 0-3 all-time against the Bearcats.
The Commodores have a record of 6-3 in the tournament in their four trips to the island. Included in those appearances is one tournament title, which came in 1986 when the tournament was called the Hawaiian Airlines Silversword Invitational Tournament. Vanderbilt knocked off VCU, Missouri, and New Mexico en route to the championship. Other appearances came in 1988 and 1995.
Cincinnati comes into Monday's game with a 2-0 record with recorded victories over Prairie View A&M and Toledo. Deonta Vaughn and Rashad Bishop lead the Bearcats in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game apiece. Freshman Lance Stephenson also averages double figures at 11.5 points per contest. Starting center Steve Toyloy comes into the game leading UC in rebounding with 7.0 per game.
Sophomore forward Jeffery Taylor has gotten off to a quick start for the Commodores, averaging 19.5 points per game in two early contest. He also leads the team in steals with 3.0 per game. Senior guard Jermaine Beal adds 16.5 points per game, and sophomore forward chips in 11.0 points per contest.
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