The Commodores led by as many as 18 in the second half, but had a difficult time closing out the Wildcats. Jeffery Taylor scored a career high 30 points, but the big story was the return of Festus Ezeli, who scored 15 points in 21 minutes in his season debut. There is no question that Ezeli is a differene maker on both sides of the floor, and that th Commodores are significantly better with him than without him. But the fact remains that Vanderbilt has squandered double-digit leads without, and now with, the big man. It will obviously take time for this team to gel, and there is no doubt that letting a team back into the game and winning is a helluva lot different than giving up a lead and losing. Still, Vanderbilt needs to finish games, and not find themselves always having to eek out victories.
Either way, we'll take it. Heading into a 10-day exam break, this win is hopefully the thing this team needs to get back on track.