December 21, 2008

Tech falls to Commodores in Nashville, 83-63

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He might have be from the land down under, but A.J. Oglivy was home under the basket making six of his ten shots and scoring the game high 20 points to help lead Vanderbilt over Tennessee Tech inside Memorial Coliseum Saturday night, 83-63.

Senior Daniel Northern tallied his second consecutive double-double with 14 point and 18 rebounds. It was the first time since January 3, 1996 that a player has collected at least 18 rebounds against the Commodores.

"I expect this from Daniel," said coach Mike Sutton. "I've told him that he should have at least one rebound every two minutes and he surpassed that today. What this does is allow us and him to get more shot opportunities. He's a strong rebounder and attacks the boards."

Junior Frank Davis also chipped in for Tech shooting the team high 19 points on seven for 14 shooting including four three-pointers to bring the Golden Eagles within 13 with just over four minutes to play.

But a strong surge by the Commodores pushed the lead up to 19 with 1:40 left in the game and held on for a 83-63 win. Both Jeffery Taylor and Lance Goulbourne led Vanderbilt with seven rebounds a piece.

10 players for the Golden Eagles scored while only nine for Vanderbilt. The Commodores out rebounded Tech 24-18 in the second half to earn the edge 46-40.

"Vanderbilt is a power team and made some good shots," Sutton said. " They may be the best team that we have faced yet this season, including Florida State. We did some good things, but we missed too many free throws and you have to make more shots if you want to beat a big team on the road. Vandy also defended us well today.

Tech (6-4, 0-1 OVC) returns to action on Dec. 29, when it plays the return game at Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Earlier this season Tech handed the Warhawks a 108-72 loss in Eblen.