Foster Stuns the Bulldogs

Foster for the win. (AP/Mark Humphrey)

Shan Foster had the best performance of his career in his final appearance at Memorial Gym. He hit his last nine 3 point attempts, including the game winner with just over one second left in overtime, to finish the game with a career-high 42 points.

"This is the first game I hit nine 3s. To hit nine in a row, that blows my mind," Shan Foster said. "I mean there's a big difference between hitting nine in shooting practice with Red when we're challenging each other and hitting nine in a row with the other team trying with everything in them to stop you from shooting the ball... that amazed me. That was crazy."

The victory Wednesday night allowed the Commodores to finish the season a perfect 19-0 at home. "This was just on another level," Stallings said. "Lord have mercy, that was amazing. It was amazing. I'm glad I spent all that time teaching him how to shoot."

The Commodores trailed the entire opening half until A.J. Ogilvy knocked down two free throws with 1:16 to go to tie the game at 28. A Foster dunk on the next possession would give the Commodores their first lead of the game at 30-28. After a Jamont Gordon layup on Mississippi State's next possession tied the game at 30, Jermaine Beal had a three point attempt go in and out as time expired in the first half.

Vanderbilt would trail for most of the second half until Foster got hot. Foster, who missed his first six three point attempts on the night, hit a three with 10:44 remaining to tie the game at 46. He would not miss a three point attempt for the rest of the night.

The Commodores trailed 68-65 with just over a minute remaining when Beal hit a three to tie the game at 68. Gordon got a three point play on the other end of the floor on a questionable foul against Ross Neltner. On Vanderbilt's next possession Beal missed a three. The Commodores fouled Gordon who hit both of his free throws to push the Mississippi State lead to 73-68. Foster hit another three on the Commodores next possession to cut the lead to 73-71. After Gordon made one of two free throw attempts on the other end, Foster sent the game into overtime with a three.

Overtime continued the Foster show. After Charles Roads hit two free throws with 1:01 left to make the Mississippi State lead 81-78, Foster dunked to cut the lead to 81-80. Ben Hansbrough made a three at the other end to push the lead to 84-80 before Foster hit another three. Vanderbilt fouled Hansbrough on the inbounds play, and he made one of two free throw attempts. Foster then hit the game winning three with less than two seconds left.

In addition to Foster's 42, the Commodores got 16 from Ogilvy and 14 from Alex Gordon.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by J. Gordon with 24. They also got 22 from Rhodes, 16 from Jarvis Varnado, and 10 from Barry Stewart.

The Commodores will conclude their regular season on Saturday in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide. That game tips off at 1 p.m. A Vanderbilt win and Kentucky loss will give the Commodores the no. 2 seed in next weekend's SEC tournament.

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