No. 22 Vanderbilt Too Strong For TCU
Jan 3, 2004
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jason Holwerda had 15 points to lead five Vanderbilt players in double figures, and the No. 22 Commodores beat TCU 95-60 Saturday night for their 11th straight win.
Vanderbilt's only other 11-0 start was 33 years ago.
Matt Freije hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes and the Commodores jumped out to a 9-0 lead. After Scott Hundley had consecutive layups for a 20-7 lead, Vanderbilt maintained a double-digit lead with the final margin being the largest.
The Commodores won outside of Nashville for the first time. Their only previous game away from campus was a 74-59 win at crosstown Belmont in the season opener.
Going into their SEC opener Wednesday might against Auburn, the Commodores have already matched their win total from last season and taken the heat off fifth-year coach Kevin Stallings. They're winning by more than 22 points a game.
TCU (4-7), coached by former Vanderbilt and Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty, will go from its biggest loss into the Conference USA opener Wednesday night against St. Louis.
During a seven-minute stretch in the first half when TCU didn't make a field goal, Vanderbilt made 3-pointers on four straight possessions in less than two minutes. Freshman Dan Cage made all three of his long-range shots in the in that stretch.
Holwerda's breakaway slam then pushed the lead to 42-16 with 5:18 left in the first half. Vanderbilt led by as many as 32 points before halftime.
Hundley had 12 of his 14 points before halftime, when the Commodores had a 54-28 lead. It was their highest-scoring half of the season.
Freije had 14 points and nine rebounds. Cage and Mario Moore both had 12 points.
The closest TCU got in the second half was 19 points, after Nucleus Smith's layup with 11:43 left made it 67-48.
Cage's only other shot outside his first-half spurt was another 3-pointer with two minutes left that made it 93-58.
The Commodores shot 53 percent overall (34-of-64), including 12-of-24 on 3-pointers.