Vandy off to best-ever start at 13-0

Monday, December 31, 2007 at 5:10pm

Vanderbilt is off the the best start in school history at 13-0 after posting a 97-73 victory over Iona on Monday at Memorial Gym.

A.J. Ogilvy scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the 15th-ranked Commodores, while Shan Foster added 20 points.

Vanderbilt is one of six unbeaten Division I teams. North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas, Washington State and Ole Miss are the others.

Gary Springer led Iona (5-9) with 17 points, and Devon Clarke added 15 points and four rebounds for the Gaels.

The Commodores used a 10-0 run to open the second half to stretch a 46-41 lead to 56-41 and forcing Iona coach Kevin Willard into calling a timeout. VU's Jermaine Beal scored five points in the run.

A 3-pointer by George Drake pushed Vanderbilt's lead to 67-46 witth 12:31 left.

The Commodores return to action Thursday night at home against Rice, then host Massachusetts on Saturday before opening SEC play next week.

Check Wednesday's edition of The City Paper for the latest on Vanderbilt basketball.

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