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Matthew Fisher-Davis led the Commodores to a 2-0 mark in SEC play last night as he hit 7 threes and scored 33 points. Coach Bryce Drew gave all the credit to Fisher-Davis, saying he had worked hard to make his shot right and work on his scoring.
Many seem to think otherwise, however, as Drew’s offense is being run much differently than before. After non-conference play, Drew began to tailor an offense to better benefit the talent he currently has on the roster. Fisher-Davis is not the only one benefitting as Riley LaChance is now shooting 60% from the field.
Idk if I've ever witnessed anyone be as hot as @_MFD5 was tonight. Best shooter in the country ???
— Riley LaChance (@LaChance_13) January 5, 2017
Lol you the one shooting 60%! https://t.co/L0JvGD9U0z
— Matthew Fisher-Davis (@_MFD5) January 5, 2017
Luke Kornet helped out posting a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Drew has really stressed how vital Kornet’s defense is to the team and his rebounding ability fits right in with that. He is a dominant force in the paint and truly changes the game for the other team. Instead of driving in the lane for a floater or a lay-up, Kornet’s presence will force a contested shot from the outside.
Despite Kornet’s presence the Tigers outscored the Commodores in the paint 32-24. 15 of these points, however, were points off turnovers scored on fast breaks. Kornet is usually not back on defense on fast breaks so the difference in his presence is shown.
Bruce Pearl admitted his own defeat following the game.
”I’ve coached against Homer. I’ve coached against Scott,” Pearl said of the Vanderbilt coach’s father and brother. ”I don’t think I ever got beat as bad as Bryce just beat me.” Vanderbilt ultimately led the entire game, other than the first 23 seconds when it was tied 0-0.
Auburn is a young team which should have a good team in a couple of years. Bruce Pearl is a great coach, but he has always struggled to beat Vanderbilt in Memorial Gym, dating back to when he coached Tennessee.
The Commodores play next on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as they face the Alabama Crimson Tide. They have a great opportunity to continue to grow and move to an comfortable 3-0 mark in SEC play.
Go ‘Dores and Anchor Down!
University of Dayton ’18