Vanderbilt MBB Faces Appalachian State For San Juan Shootout Crown Thursday

Dec. 20, 2006

All Times Listed – CT

Tuesday, December 19
Vanderbilt 102 UPR-Mayaguez 59
Tennessee Tech 66 Northwestern 65
Central Florida 67 Utah 61
Appalachian State 80 Virginia 69

Wednesday, December 20
Northwestern 62 UPR-Mayaguez 55
Utah 94 Virginia 70
Vanderbilt 75 Tennessee Tech 62
Appalachian State 75 Central Florida 64

Thursday, December 21
UPR-Mayaguez vs. Virginia – 9 a.m. (7th)
Northwestern vs. Utah – 11 a.m. (5th)
Tenn. Tech vs. Central Florida – 1 p.m. (3rd)
VU vs. Appalachian St. – 3 p.m. (1st)

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Vanderbilt will face Appalachian State for the championship of the 2006 San Juan Shootout at the Mario Morales Coliseum, Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. CT.

Vanderbilt (8-3) enters the final round having won seven consecutive games after outlasting in-state foe Tennessee Tech, 75-62, on Wednesday. Ted Skuchas scored a career-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and three blocked shots. Alex Gordon tied a season-high with 15 points. Dan Cage (13), Derrick Byars (12) and Shan Foster (10) also reached double figures.

The Commodores will be looking to win their first regular-season tournament crown since claiming the 1987 Hawaiian Airlines Silversword Invitational in Wailuku, Hawaii.

Appalachian State (9-3) has been impressive in wins over Virginia (80-69) and Central Florida (75-64) in San Juan. Nate Cranford tallied 18 points thanks to six 3-pointers in the Mountaineers’ second-round win against Central Florida. The Mountaineers have won four consecutive games.

Vanderbilt has won both previous meetings with Appalachian State. The Commodores topped the Mountaineers 63-48 on Dec. 22, 2003 and 68-51 on Dec. 22, 2004. Both games were played at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium.