Vanderbilt stunned again in NCAA

DENVER— Jeffery Taylor had a frustrating performance and was held to just four points and missed two dunks badly as Vanderbilt was stunned by Richmond 69-66 in the "second" round of the NCAA.

Trailing 69-66 with 2.8 seconds remaining, Vanderbilt had a chance to tie the game but Rod Odom badly missed a 3-point attempt and Vanderbilt lost its third straight game against its opening NCAA opponent. Odom was aggressively defended on the final shot and appeared to be fouled but no call was made.

Earlier, trailing 68-65 with 19 seconds to play, Vanderbilt had another chance to cut into the Spider lead. However, inexplicably the Commodores ran the clock down to 6 seconds before Lance Goulbourne turned the ball over attempting to pass inside to Festus Ezeli.

Vanderbilt appeared to be taking control of the game with 16 minutes remaining when Brad Tinsley's jumper put the Commodores ahead by nine, 48-39. However, after several consecutive missed dunks and layups by Vanderbilt including several by Taylor, Richmond's Kevin Anderson 3-pointer tied the game at 48 with 13 minutes to play. A minute later Anderson made another three to put his team on top 51-48 and the Spiders would never trail again. A Tinsley 3-pointer tied the game at 55 with 8 minutes to play but the Commodores could never get over the hump as the Spiders cast their defensive web over sharpshooter John Jenkins, who had made four treys in the first half.

The Spiders were led by Kevin Anderson who finished with a season high 25 points. Jenkins and Ezeli each scored 21 points for Vanderbilt.

After the game Commodore head coach Kevin Stallings reflected on his team's inability to close out the game.

"We had trouble closing out games this year," said Stallings. "Historically our teams I think have been pretty good at that. I think if you go back and check the records, I think the records will tell you we've been very good in close games. We've had a hard time finishing close games this year."

With the stinging loss Vanderbilt finishes the 2010-11 season 23-11 (9-6 SEC). Richmond improves to 28-7 and now has a 1-2 all-time record against the Commodores. Vanderbilt's all-time NCAA tournament record now falls to 9-13.

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