Vanderbilt Rolls Over Rebs, 71-61
Festus Ezeli and David Huertas (AP/Mark Humphrey)
Festus Ezeli and David Huertas (AP/Mark Humphrey)

Posted Feb 7, 2009


NASHVILLE-- Vanderbilt (15-8, 4-5) continued its SEC turnaround on Saturday as the Commodores blew past Ole Miss (13-10, 4-5), 71-61. The win was the 'Dores third straight victory after a horrendous 1-5 conference start. Vandy, led in scoring by A.J. Ogilvy with 17, roared out to a 10-0 lead and then withstood several Rebel attempts to rally.

"It was a game that we really desperately needed to have an opportunity to play for something other than our own pride and improvement. Our guys came out with a sense of urgency. I thought our defense in the second half as not as good as in the first half, but I like how we played and how we competed. I thought our bench gave us a boost in the second half. Lance (Goulbourne) hit a couple of threes and had a dunk," Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

The 10-0 run to start the game included a couple of nice layups from Jeffrey Taylor. The Rebels shot the ball poorly in the first 11 minutes of the game starting just 3 of 18 from the floor.

Vandy would put together a 14-0 rim midway through the first half to build a 24-10 lead with 7:08 to go before halftime. That run was led by Brad Tinsley would scored 7 of the 14 points.

"It was a lot of a fun, whenever you're winning and the team is doing a lot of scoring, it's really fun out there. These are two big wins for us as a team, and especially in this league. We all had a lot of fun watching and playing,” Tinsley said.

One of the biggest differences this Commodore team is showing now is the ability to take over the game and make some big runs which they were not doing earlier in the season.

The Rebels came out of the intermission hot after shooting just 24% in the first half. They cut the Vanderbilt lead to 7 at 39-32 with 15:55 to play. Ole Miss guard David Huertas scored eight of those points after going 0-7 from the field in the first half.

Seven points was as close as the Rebels would get on the afternoon. Midway through the second half the Black and Gold would go on a 15-3 run to take a 60-42 lead. That run was led by Lance Goulbourne who hit two threes, had a nice running jumper in the lane and a dunk off of an inbounds ally oop.

There was a lot of talk coming into this game about the quick turnaround for the Dores coming off the Thursday night win over Alabama, but the Rebels were actually the team that looked tired in this game. The Commodore defense held them to just 36% from the field on the afternoon. Stallings had his team in a 3-2 zone for most of the game, and also played a half court trap. He rarely plays that style of defense, but it proved to be very effective in this contest.

In addition to Ogilvy’s 17, the Dores got 14 from Taylor, 11 from Tinsley and 10 from Goulbourne.

Ole Miss’s Terrico White led all scores with 23 point. The only other Rebel player in double figures was Huertas with 19.

Vandy now has a week off before traveling to Knoxville to take on the Vols next Saturday. That game tips at 2 p.m. and can be seen on Raycom Sports.


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