MBB heads to Dayton Wednesday

Dec. 20, 2016

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After a thrilling 76-74 win over Chattanooga Saturday at Memorial Gym, Vanderbilt returns to the road for their second true road contest of the season when they take on the Dayton Flyers at Dayton Arena. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT and will be televised locally in Ohio on the Time Warner Sports Channel, with the action also being heard across the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.

Senior center Luke Kornet nailed the game-winning three with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Commodores the victory against the Mocs. Kornet and junior guard Matthew Fisher-Davis scored a game-high 18 points, with junior Jeff Roberson adding his seventh consecutive game in double figures with 11 points and sophomore forward Joe Toye tying a career-high with a 10-point effort.

Vanderbilt made a new season-high 26 free throws on just 29 attempts (90%) against the Mocs, and outscored Chattanooga 23-12 in the final 9:38 of the game.

Television Information
The Commodores’ game with Dayton will be televised live in Ohio on the Time Warner Sports Channel and a stream will be available on the Atlantic 10’s website HERE for a one-time cost of $6.95.

Vanderbilt (6-5) vs. Dayton (7-3)
Dayton, Ohio – Dayton Arena – 6 p.m. CT
TV: Time Warner SportsChannel
TV Talent: Dwight Burgess (play by play), Tony White (Color)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB

Anchor Points

  • 21 of Vanderbilt’s final 23 points came off of 3-pointers and free throws (Four 3-pointers and nine free throws) in the win over the Mocs.
  • Kornet set a new season-high mark for 3-point field goals made in a game with three. Two of his 3-pointers gave the Commodores a lead in the final two minutes, including the game winner with 2.9 seconds remaining.
  • Matthew Fisher-Davis finished with a new career-high for free throws made with nine. Fisher-Davis was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.
  • Kornet’s game-deciding three was Vanderbilt’s first since Feb. 27, 2013, when Kevin Bright made a game-winning jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining that gave the Commodores a 63-62 win over Georgia at Memorial Gym.
  • With the win over the Mocs, Vanderbilt won its first game this season when: trailing at halftime, trailing with five minutes remaining, tied with two minutes remaining, in a game decided by 3 points or less, when outshot by an opponent, when outrebounded by an opponent, and when an opponent scores 70 points or more.
  • VU has played a very difficult schedule so far, having faced three of the top 12 teams in the RPI so far this season (Middle Tennessee, 7th; Butler, 11th; Minnesota, 12th).
  • Vanderbilt leads the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (40.3%) and is second in threes made (9.5) and free throw percentage (78.3%).
  • Fisher-Davis leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game, while Kornet adds 13.1 points, and Roberson 11.1.
  • Riley LaChance leads the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (66.7%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2). He is also sixth in the league in assists (4.4) and niinth in three’s made (2.2). LaChance is shooting 24-35 from three on the season and has 41 assists and only 10 turnovers in the last eight games.
  • Fisher-Davis ranks third in the league in three’s made (2.5) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.406).Roberson ranks fourth in the SEC in defensive rebounding and seventh in rebounding (7.3). Kornet is eighth in the SEC in blocks (1.8) and ninth in free throw percentage (.855).
  • Matthew Fisher-Davis and Roberson have scored in double figures in nine games apiece, Luke Kornet seven, and Riley LaChance in five.
  • Chattanooga was the Commodores’ fourth non-conference opponent of the season from the state of Tennessee. Vanderbilt has also played Belmont, Tennessee State, and Middle Tennessee and compiled a 3-1 record against the four teams.
  • The Commodores have had four four-point play attempts this season.
  • Freshman guard Payton Willis has started in six consecutive games, beginning with the game against Santa Clara. Against the Broncos, Willis had a career-high eight assists. It was the most by a Commodore since Wade Baldwin IV had eight assists against Tennessee on March 10, 2016. Willis scored a career-high 17 points vs. Butler, and scored 13 against High Point.

Series Information
Series Record: VU leads, 4-1.
Last Meeting: UD win, 72-67, on 12/9/15 at Memorial Gym.
Record at Vanderbilt: 2-1.
Record at Dayton: 2-0.
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Drew vs. Dayton: Coach Drew has never faced Dayton.

About Dayton

  • Dayton enters the game with a 7-3 overall record after dropping a 67-64 decision to Northwestern on December 17 in Chicago.
  • Charles Cooke leads the Flyers with 19.2 points per game. Scoochie Smith (14.4) and Kendall Pollard (11.3) also average double figures.
  • The game with the Flyers is the back end of a home-and-home series that began last season at Memorial Gym. Dayton won that game, 72-67, on December 9, 2015.
  • Vanderbilt played at UD Arena in last season’s NCAA Tournament in the First Four on March 15, 2016 against Wichita State. The Shockers defeated the Commodores, 70-50.
  • The Commodores won their last meeting at UD Arena when they faced the Flyers on December 30, 2005 (63-60).

VU Staff Can Score
The Vanderbilt men’s basketball staff has combined to score a total of 5,486 collegiate points, with head coach Bryce Drew leading the way with 2,142 points. Here’s a breakdown of the staff’s scoring totals.
Head Coach Bryce Drew, Valparaiso=2,142
Asst. Coach Casey Shaw, Toledo=1,562
Assoc. Head Coach Roger Powell, Jr., Illinois=1,178
Asst. Coach Jake Diebler, Valparaiso=586

Kornet Excels in Classroom
Senior center Luke Kornet has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the three years he has played at Vanderbilt, and also been named a CoSida All-District Academic Selection in his sophomore and junior seasons.

Kornet is double majoring in computer science and mathematics.

Commodores vs. Atlantic 10
The Commodores have a 26-11 record all-time against members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Dayton is the only A-10 team on this year’s regular season schedule.

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 975 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV for the longest streak in Division I basketball. Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton are the only three schools in college basketball to have made at least one 3-pointer in every game played since the 3-point line was implemented.

NBA Commodores
Vanderbilt was one of only three schools (Kentucky, Washington) with two first-round selections in the 2016 NBA Draft when Wade Baldwin IV was drafted 17th by the Memphis Grizzlies and Damian Jones was selected 30th by the Golden State Warriors. Baldwin IV and Jones became the sixth and seventh first-round picks, respectively, in the history of the program, joining Will Perdue in 1988 (11th, Chicago), Jeff Turner in 1984 (7th, New Jersey), Clyde Lee in 1966 (3rd, San Francisco), and John Jenkins (23rd, Atlanta), and Festus Ezeli (30th, Golden State) in 2012.

Memorial Gym close to 1,000
The matchup with Chattanooga was the 993rd regular season game played at Memorial Gym.

The Commodores have a 777-216 record at the SEC’s oldest facility, a winning percentage of .782.