Kevin Stallings guaranteed Vanderbilt would play with the necessary effort Thursday at No. 14 Marquette.
Even the Commodores’ coach could not have imagined the level of his team’s execution, though.
Lance Goulbourne’s fifth career double-double (13 points, 16 rebounds) was just part of the story as Vanderbilt jumped to a huge early lead and cruised to a 74-57 victory on the road. Goulbourne also blocked three shots and had three steals.
The Commodores (9-4) shot 47 percent from the floor, made 10 3-point attempts and had 17 assists on 23 total field goals. Four players scored in double figures led by Jeffery Taylor, who had a game-high 19 points. John Jenkins and Brad Tinsley added 14 and 11, respectively.
Additionally, Festus Ezeli finished with eight points and seven rebounds in one of his best performances of the season.
Marquette (11-2) missed 19 of its first 21 shots and made just seven first-half field goals. The Commodores, on the other hand, made seven 3-point field goals (on 12 attempts) and led by as many as 27 points, 35-8, during the first 20 minutes.
Vanderbilt’s advantage was 44-22 at intermission, and the Golden Eagles, whose only other loss this season was to LSU, got no closer than 16 during the second half.
Jae Crowder led Marquette with 16 points, and Darius Johnson-Odom chipped in 12. However, the two were a combined 9-for-28 from the floor.