Photo Credit: John Russell/Vanderbilt University
Bryce Drew earned his first win as the head coach for the Commodores Tuesday night in an 80-66 victory over the Belmont Bruins.
“Anytime you can win a game, it’s a great feeling,” Drew said. “And I think this has even a little better feeling.”
After getting drubbed last week against Marquette in the veterans classic, the Commodores bounced back with a win. Luke Kornet led Vanderbilt with 20 points and doing so shooting 12-16 from the free throw line. Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 16 points while Roberson and Willis added 10 each.
Freshman guard Payton Willis is going to be an absolute stud for this team. He has had two decent games, but he has raw talent. He does not know how to use it yet, but I’m confident Bryce Drew will turn him into the player he can be. Despite the huge loss last week, Commodore fans definitely have a player to look forward to.
The Bruins destroyed Vandy on the offensive glass this game. Belmont reeled in 10 offensive boards, but were only able to muster a measly seven second chance points. They do, however, deserve major credit for their effort. With just under seven minutes to play, the Bruins came storming back and gained a ton of momentum. If the Commodores continue to give up this many second chance opportunities, they could get hurt by it later in the year.
Bryce Drew stressed the need for improvement after last week’s loss. I think everyone, including Drew, knows that this team is not anywhere near a contender at the moment, but he understands it takes baby steps to get there.
“From our first outing to our second, we saw a lot of improvement,” Drew said.
He did not necessarily need to see a win, although it was nice to get it. He wanted to see that his team was headed in the right direction and it will definitely help the players trust his process.
The ‘Dores play next against Norfolk State on Friday in Nashville at Memorial Gym. More improvement is much needed from the ‘Dores but as of now they are headed on the right track.
Go ‘Dores and Anchor Down!