Hornets fall to Vanderbilt, hits the road to Missouri State this weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor Wednesday night, Alabama State couldn’t withstand a pair of runs by Vanderbilt falling to the Commodores 91-72 on Wednesday night.

Alabama State (0-2), playing their second road game in as many days, outshot the Commodores from the floor despite taking eight less shots on the night. The Hornets hit 50 (26-of-52) percent from the floor and 31.6 (6-of-19) percent from beyond the arc.

They also connected on 82.4 (14-of-17) percent from the free throw line, but it was the turnovers and a big first half run that put room between the two teams. Alabama State was forced into 24 turnovers and gave up a 10-0 run early in the first, scored all by Myles Stute to extend the Commodores lead to 22-12 with 10:31 remaining in the first half.
 
The Hornets battled back but Vanderbilt (1-0) pushed the lead to 15 at the break and Alabama State was unable to recover.
 
Trace Young (Owensboro, Ky.) led Alabama State with 11 points, while Jordan O’Neal (Mobile, Ala.) and Juan Reyna (San Antonio, Texas) added 10 in the loss. Isaiah Range (Cedar Hill, Texas) added nine off the bench, while Jayme Mitchell (Jackson, Miss.) and Christian McCray (Las Vegas, Nev.) added eight each.
 
Jordan Wright led Vanderbilt with 16 points, while Jamaine Mann recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Scotty Pippen, Jr. added 15 and Stute 13 in the win. Vanderbilt finished the night shooting 45.3 (29-of-64) percent from the floor and 28.6 (8-of-28) percent from beyond the arc.
 
UP NEXT
Alabama State hits the road this weekend for three straight games in the Midwest, beginning with Missouri State on Saturday at 7 pm. The game will be carried on ESPN3.

QUOTES (from head coach Mo Williams)
“We had no energy. When you are giving up 17 offensive rebounds and you are turning the ball over 24 time (23 times last night), we have to clean that up. We have areas that we know we have to clean up. Obviously at the beginning of the year, you are going to find areas that you know you need to improve. Those are our areas, rebounding and limiting our turnovers.”

“That was big when we had guys come in and produce. It’s not a good feeling when you are getting whupped, but at the same time you get a chance to get guys some run and see them in game action. That bodes well for the next game. When you are getting beat bad, you want to adjust and see what works. Jayme had great minutes, Christian had really good minutes. I think we can build off that.”

“It was tough to come back after last night. I really didn’t say anything about the game to them post game, it was more about preparation for back-to-back games. It is hard, especially the game we had. If this was reversed and we got whipped the first game where guys wouldn’t have had to exert so much energy and could sit down, we would have been better today. But the game was so hard last night, guys played so many minutes. It’s just hard after that to get on a bus, drive 90 minutes, hop off and play a good team. I give credit to those guys for showing up and giving me what they had, but as a coach you don’t accept defeat. The finer lining is we have a game on Saturday to prepare for.”

“Anytime you are on the road this long it brings you together. We will do a lot of team building things and play some games. When we come back from that trip, we have three home games in a row. Hopefully coming back off the road, we should be clicking on some cylinders and give our home crowd a good show.”

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