VU-'Nova postgame notes

Dec. 1, 2012

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Villanova 62, Vanderbilt 52
December 1, 2012
Memorial Gym

Pregame Notes

The Commodores started juniors Rod Odom and Kedren Johnson, sophomores Josh Henderson and Kedren Johnson, and freshman Kevin Bright. It was the third consecutive game that Vanderbilt has used that starting lineup, and the Commodores have a 1-2 record with that lineup. It was Odom’s 16th career start, Fuller’s seventh, Johnson and Bright’s fifth, and Henderson’s third – 36 total starts.

Postgame Notes

Villanova now leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-0.

The Wildcats outshot Vanderbilt, 41.3% to 37%, and out rebounded the Commodores, 34-28, including 8-4 on the offensive glass. Villanova scored six second chance points, while Vanderbilt failed to score in that category. The Commodores’ four offensive rebounds all came in the first half.

The 37% was Vanderbilt’s third game this season shooting under 40% – Vanderbilt is 0-3 in those three games.

Twenty-six of Vanderbilt’s 46 attempts from the floor were three-point attempts. The Commodores were 9-26 from beyond-the-arc (34.6%), and now are shooting 32.3% from three for the year.

Villanova shot 18-25 from the free throw line (72%), while the Commodores were 9-14 (64.3%).

The Commodores had three players in double figures – forward Rod Odom, with 14 points, sophomore Kedren Johnson, who scored 12, and freshman Kevin Bright, who also scored 12.

Bright also added a career-high 12 rebounds, his first career double-double. Bright also added a career-high four assists.

Bright and Johnson tied for the team lead in assists with four.

It was Odom’s second consecutive game in double figures, and it was the fifth time in six games Johnson has scored in double figures.

The lead changed eight times in the game and the score was tied three times. Villanova’s largest lead of 10 came at the 1:02 mark of second half, and Vanderbilt’s largest lead was five with 16:11 to play in the first half.

With the Commodores leading 23-22 with 3:52 to go in the first half, Villanova went on a 9-2 run to end the period to give the Wildcats a 31-26 lead at the half. It was a lead they would never relinquish, although Vanderbilt cut the Villanova to two on two separate occasions in second half (46-44, 7:18; 39-37, 11:11).