Commodores Fall to Arkansas 81-75 in Atlanta
Alex Gordon (VM/Stan Jones)
Alex Gordon (VM/Stan Jones)

Posted Mar 14, 2008


The Commodores quest for a Southeastern Conference title ended on Friday afternoon in Atlanta when the Commodores lost 81-75 to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Commodores trailed for almost the entire game. Every time it looked like they were poised to make a run, the Razorbacks would put together a little run to kill the momentum.

Vanderbilt made 7 of 8 free throws early, but did not get their first field goal until 13:46 left in the first half when Andre Walker knocked down a jumper. The Commodores closed the gap to 38-36 on an A.J. Ogilvy tip with just 36 seconds remaining in the first half. Arkansas was able to take a four point lead into the break when Commodore killer Gary Ervin made a layup with just five seconds left.

The Commodores battled early in the second half and were able to tie the game at 48-48 on a Shan Foster jumper with 16:03 left in the game. Arkansas’ Darian Townes would make a free throw on the next trip down the floor and a layup on the possession after that to push the Razorback lead back to three at 51-48.

The Commodores would tie the game again at 58-58 on an Alex Gordon three pointer, but Arkansas would answer with a 5-0 run to push the lead back to 63-58. The Commodores would not get closer than two for the rest of the game. The Razorbacks were able to put the game away by making 14 of 16 free throws in the final 2:41.

The Razorbacks won the game in the paint. They outscored the Commodores by 20 points in the paint and were able to pull down 23 more rebounds than the Commodores.

"Well, we just got beaten badly on the boards, and we gave them way too many second opportunities and third opportunities and fourth opportunities. So that was the difference in the game. They just pounded us on the boards, which is disappointing, and our offense isn't good enough to recover, or cover, for when they get more of their misses than we do. That's a total breakdown on our part, but they played better than we did, and that's the story of the game," Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Gordon led the Commodores with 22 points and joined the 1,000 point club in the game. They also got 14 from SEC player of the year Foster, 14 from Ogilvy and 12 from Jermaine Beal.

The Razorbacks got 18 points from both Townes and Ervin. They also got 11 from both Patrick Beverly and Stefan Welsh.

The Commodores will now wait for selection Sunday to see what seed they get and where they are headed for the first round of the NCAA tournament.


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