MBB offense erupts in second half

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A.J. Ogilvy had 14 points and eight rebounds as Vanderbilt blew things open in the second half and coasted to a 78-48 win over Massachusetts on Saturday.

“He is a great kid,” said Kevin Stallings, VU head coach. “He will get frustrated every once and a while, but when our team is having success, he is not worried about his stats.

“Throughout his career, he has been a second half player.”

Lance Goulbourne added 10 points and eight rebounds, Jermaine Beal had 10 points and six assists, while Darshawn McClellan bagged 10 points to help Vanderbilt (11-3) to its sixth straight win.

The Commodores never trailed in the game, but were forced to cling to a 28-23 lead at halftime.

The tide started turning early in the second half when Vanderbilt strung together three straight 3-point hoops to push the Commodores’ lead to 41-27 with 15:54 to play.

“I thought the zone was effective in the second half,” added Stallings, “and I thought our man was good in the first half. We were pleased with how we played defensively.”

The Commodores later were in front by as many at 34 points (72-38).

Chris Lowe had 14 points and three assists for Massachusetts (5-8). Ricky Harris added 12 points for the Minutemen, who were outrebounded, 48-28.