Foster, Vanderbilt crush George Washington
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Shan Foster scored 18 points — including
four shots from three-point range — and Vanderbilt crushed George Washington,
77-44, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Derrick Byars scored 12 points, cleared six boards and had five assists for
the sixth-seeded Commodores (21-11), who will meet Washington State in a
second-round matchup on Saturday. Alex Gordon also chipped in with 10 points
and six rebounds for Vanderbilt, which made 12-of-31 three-pointers in the
Travis King scored nine points and had five rebounds for George Washington
(23-9), which did not have a player reach double figures. The Colonials, who
had an eight-game winning streak abruptly halted, were coming off their second
Atlantic 10 Tournament championship in the last three years.
George Washington struggled from the opening tipoff and did not make its first
shot from the field until Damian Hollis’ jumper at 13:40. By that point,
Vanderbilt had built a 13-4 lead on the strength of four shots from beyond the
King’s short jumper pulled the Colonials within 15-7 at 12:59, but the
Commodores answered with a 12-0 run — capped by Gordon’s trey at 8:17 — and
held a commanding 27-7 advantage.
The Colonials made it 30-14 on a pair of Carl Elliot free throws at 4:41, but
Vanderbilt cruised to the break holding a 45-20 lead.
George Washington was just 5-for-20 from the field in the first half, with the
performance marking the squad’s lowest point total at intermission this
season. On the other side, Vanderbilt shot 52 percent from the floor and was
10-of-18 from three-point range.
Vanderbilt continued to pour it on in the second half, as the lead ballooned
to 58-24 on a dunk by Ted Skuchas at 13:57. The Colonials answered with five
straight points, but the Commodores continued to pull away down the stretch.
Noel Wilmore’s trey gave Vanderbilt a 69-38 margin with just 4:54 remaining in
the contest, and the Colonials made just one more shot from the floor the rest
of the way.
Vanderbilt is making its first appearance in the NCAA tourney since
2004…George Washington lost its only previous meeting with Vanderbilt,
76-74, on December 1, 1990…The game marked GW’s third straight and 10th
overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team holds an all-time record
of 4-10 in the tourney, including a 4-7 mark in first-round games.