Vanderbilt burns the nets in 104-62 win over ETSU
Vanderbilt burns the nets in 104-62 win over ETSU
Tuesday, December 5, 2006


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2006) - Blistering the nets from 3-point range and staying hot throughout, the Vanderbilt Commodores never let up on the ETSU men's basketball team in a 104-62 win Tuesday night at Memorial Gym.


The Commodores were led by Shan Foster, who netted a game-high 29 points on 10-of-17 from the field, which included a 7-of-12 clip from 3-point range. Vanderbilt, which improved to 3-4 on the season, hit on 56 percent of its shots from the field and 48 percent from beyond 3-point range for the game. With the loss, the Bucs dropped to 5-5 on the year.


"It was one of those nights," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team ends a seven-game road swing. "They just played incredible and played that way throughout. The last thing we wanted to do was go man-to-man, but we tried to use our 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones and they weren't effective either.


"This has been a grueling road trip and we just need to get home. We're disappointed and its humiliating losing by 40, but it's still just one loss. Vanderbilt just shot the heck out of the ball. They got rolling early and rolled throughout the game."


In the first half, the Vanderbilt outside shooters were simply on fire. The Commodores hit 50 percent from the field, but more devastating was a 47 percent clip from 3-point range, where they were 9-of-19 and used those efforts to build a 47-23 lead at the break.


The Bucs, who trailed 10-0 before breaking through on the scoreboard, pulled to within six twice and were trailing by only eight at 22-14 with just over eight minutes left before the intermission. However, from there the Commodores hit five straight threes and seven of their final nine field goals in the half came from beyond the arc to outscore ETSU 25-9, building their 24-point halftime lead. The Bucs were held to their lowest first half point total of the season with just 23.


The second half was much the same story, but the Bucs did use the opportunity to play its freshman class for several minutes, allowing freshman post Blake Mishler (Metamora, Ill.) to score a team high 12 points and freshman guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) to pitch in 10. Bartow pointed to the play of Mishler and fellow freshman post Petras Balocka (Vilnius, Lithuania) as positives. Balocka finished with eight points and a team-high six rebounds, as the Bucs saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.


Along with Foster, Ross Neltner and Derrick Byars pitched in 15 and 14 points, respectively for the Commodores.


The Bucs finally return home for their first game at Memorial Center in 23 days, facing off with Milligan at 4 p.m. Saturday.