December 29, 2007

Stallings, Foster sound off after win over UT-M

Vanderbilt, helped by 16 points from Shan Foster, squeaked out a 92-85 win over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium. After the game, Foster, Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings and UT-M Coach Bret Campbell discussed Vanderbilt's win over the Skyhawks that leaves the No. 15 Commodores with a perfect 12-0 record.


Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings:

On the play of Alex Gordon late in the game:
"Red's pressure on the ball late in the game was real key. His steal was obviously huge, and so we lived to kind of tell about it."

On his comment earlier in the week that Vanderbilt was the most overrated team in the country:
"I don't lie to them. My job is to tell them the truth, and try to help them get better, to tell them the truth."

Is there a point in the season where they scrap the defensive philosophy they're using now?
"Well… I'm not one to continue to sit around and watch the same thing not work, so we may have to change our approach… some of it is certainly execution, some of it is awareness, that kind of thing. But, we'll have to make that assessment and figure it out."

On Lester Hudson, who tied a career-high with 36 for UTM:
"I told our team in here yesterday, when we were here going over personnel, that he would be an NBA player. And he's quite good. Quite good. And we didn't do a very good job on him.

"But, he's not the third-leading scorer in the country for nothing. … He's certainly capable of making a lot of baskets."




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