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January 17, 2008
Chism's 18 points, 18 boards, blows away Vandy
Wayne Chism doomed Vanderbilt in Knoxville, as the Commodores committed 22 turnovers and shot poorly in every way imaginable in an 80-60 trouncing by the Vols in Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night.KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-Poor offense and a career night from Tennessee's
Chism, averaging 8.5 points and 5.1 rebounds a game, torched VU for 18 points and 18 boards, and UT's stifling half-court defense held the Commodores to season-lows in field goal percentage (36.8), 3-point percentage (14.3) and points.
The Commodores missed their first 11 3-point attempts of the night, and Shan Foster-a 51 percent shooter from behind the arc-was just 1-11 from long range. Foster (14 points) and freshman Andrew Ogilvy (12) were each held to their second-lowest scoring nights of the year.
Meanwhile, the Commodores' turnover-plagued frontcourt continued its woes. Ogilvy (four turnovers), reserve center Alan Metcalfe (two) and Ross Neltner (six) combined for over half of Vandy's 22.
"That wasn't a lot of fun," Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings said. "Games are intended to be fun, and we just didn't give ourselves a chance. They played better than we did, and they deserved it."
UT's half-court pressure knocked the Commodores out of synch offensively nearly the entire evening. Vandy held a 12-10 lead eight minutes into the game, but a 23-8 spurt by the Vols-uncharacteristically punctuated by a pair of 3s from Chism and one by Ryan Childress at the end-gave UT a 33-18 lead at the four-minute mark.
Vandy staged a short 6-3 rally to end the half, but still trailed by 13 at the break. A 9-2 run out to start the second half, fueled by five points from Ogilvy, put Vandy down 40-32.
That seemed to get UT's attention. The Vols out-scored Vandy 19-6 in the next 3:20, the last points coming on Chris Lofton's spectacular, fall-away 3 with 11:28 left that put UT up 59-38.
VU answered with a quick 15-2 spurt over the next 3:31 that ended when Foster hit his only 3 from the left corner with 7:48 left. It wouldn't be nearly enough. The Vols got points their next five possessions to build a 70-57 lead, then connected on six straight free throws in the last 1:14 to pad the margin and cruise to victory.
"We had some opportunities to make it interesting, but each time we did, we missed a shot," Stallings said.
Free throw shooting and rebound also hurt Vandy; the Commodores converted just 60 percent of 25 attempts behind the line, and got beaten 43-38 on the glass.
Tyler Smith (14 points), JaJuan Smith (14) and Lofton (11) joined Chism as double-digit scorers for UT. Foster (14) and Ogilvy (12) were the only two Commodores to reach that plateau.
Vanderbilt (16-2) returns home for a game against LSU on Saturday before a two-game road swing to Florida and Mississippi.