December 18, 2010

Mixed bag performance follows 10-day layoff

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-With final exams and a 10-day layoff following Vanderbilt's last game, which had ended with a last-second heartbreak at Missouri, it was anybody's guess as to what the Commodores' frame of mind and effort would on Saturday evening for VU's game against Southeastern Louisiana.

As it turned out, it was a mix of a bit of everything, though more good than bad, in VU's 85-52 romp of Southeastern Louisiana.

That came as no surprise to coach Kevin Stallings, who'd seen it before during this time of the year, and had seen it in practice leading into Saturday's game.

"It's very hard during finals to have great, consistent practices [after the Missouri game]. And they did the best they could," Stallings said. "We kind of looked tonight like we did in practice. Really good the first few days, and really sluggish at the end."

The good: Steve Tchingang played his best game of the year. The defensive effort was there from beginning to end. The offense was fantastic when it was clicking (a 43-10 start in the game's first 14 minutes left no doubt as to the outcome), and the 13-of-26 performance behind the 3-point arc was good enough to beat just about anybody, including the over-matched Lions.

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