Freshman Jeffery Taylor's 16 points led
five players in double figures, three of which were freshmen, as
Vanderbilt defeated Morehead State 74-48 Sunday.
Taylor scored 10 in the second half as the Commodores outscored
the Eagles 43-24.
Vanderbilt (1-0), which has seven freshmen on its roster, also
got 12 points from sophomore A.J. Ogilvy and 10 from junior
The Commodores committed 12 turnovers and made just 10 field
goals in the first half, yet still led 31-24 at the break. They
committed just six turnovers and shot 48 percent from the field (12
of 25) in the final 20 minutes.
Morehead (0-2), which led for most of the first 11 minutes, got
10 points each from Robert Murry and Terrance Hill. Demonte Harper
scored the first four points of the contest but was shut out the
rest of the way. The Commodores went ahead to stay when Taylors
layup with 5:34 to play in the first half made it 23-22. That
basket started a 21-7 run, which lasted until 5:08 into the second
The Commodores were without freshman forward Steve Tchiengang,
who was declared ineligible for the first five games of the season
by the NCAA under a policy that involves certain first-year
international students. Vanderbilt officials said the ruling was
not a surprise.
Tchiengang is a native of Cameroon, and played three years of
high school basketball in Houston. The NCAA ruled he received extra
benefits from his host family in Houston.