MBB: Vanderbilt Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule With Trip to Rice

Dec. 31, 2006

StallingsThe Commodores closed out the month of December with an 8-1 mark (.889) with an 86-47 win Friday against Alabama A&M. It gave Vanderbilt its most wins in the month of December since the 1993 campaign when the Commodores were 8-0 that month and in the midst of a season-long 10-game win streak.

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Vanderbilt finishes off the non-conference portion of its schedule when it travels to Houston to play Rice on Tuesday. The game tips at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised by CSS on a one-hour delay.

The Commodores (9-4) are coming off an 86-47 win over visiting Alabama A&M on Friday. Four Vanderbilt players reached double figures in scoring led by Derrick Byars’ 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Shan Foster and Jermaine Beal added 12 points each while Dan Cage contributed 11 points.

Vanderbilt is coming off a strong showing in December, winning eight of nine games. Byars led all Commodores during the month with 16.4 points.

Rice (6-5) topped Western Carolina 67-62 at the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic in Moraga, Calif. on Dec. 29. The Owls are led by the nation’s leading scorer in Morris Almond (30.3 ppg). The guard has reached double-figures in scoring in every game this season and also leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 per game.

Vanderbilt leads the all-time series with Rice 13-3. However, the Owls won the last meeting, a 78-77 decision at Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 9, 1995.