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Vanderbilt struggles to keep lead as Hogs win in Nashville

Vanderbilt had a 15 point lead with 6:02 remaining but could not hang tough as they allowed the Razorbacks to dictate the end of the game and eventually come out of Nashville with a win and a gift.

The Commodores dropped to 9-11 overall and 3-5 in the SEC after having a major meltdown late in the game and gift wrapping a win for Arkansas. The Razorbacks came back to win 71-70 in what could be called one of the worst performances at the end of the game in Commodores basketball history. 

Vanderbilt fought tough all night and played a good enough game to win. Defense was actually on point most of the night and players were competing on the blocks but a late mental breakdown by some Commodore veterans, allowed Arkansas to come back and take away the victory from the Dores. 

A 15 point lead late in the game was squandered but the Commodores still maintained the game with 3:23 to go as they led 63-52. The game was still in control for Vanderbilt but some missed free throws and especially turnovers, helped the Hogs gain confidence and begin scoring at will on the offensive end. 

Arkansas guard Dusty Hannahs was clutch down the stretch and Vanderbilt couldn't do anything to stop him. Hannahs finished with 17 points but the majority of those points came within the last three minutes of the game. 

The Hogs fought hard to bring the game closer but Vandy still had a 4 point lead with about 49 seconds remaining. The game was there to be won but two big turnovers from Commodore veterans Riley LaChance and Luke Kornet put Arkansas in position to win and that's exactly what happened.

Vanderbilt guard (Joe) Joseph Toye fouled Hogs guard Daryl Macon as he was shooting from three and that put him on the line to win the game for Arkansas. 

He nailed all three foul shots and a last second heave from half court by Nolan Cressler went for not as the Hogs would win the game and break the hearts of the Commodore faithful, who all but thought Vanderbilt was headed towards a victory. 

This was a game Vanderbilt needed and a game they had won. It became a devastating loss for the Commodores and continues to tell everyone that this team still has some growing to do. 

LaChance led the Commodores in scoring with `6 points. Jeff Roberson was strong for the Dores as he put in 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Vanderbilt stays at home for an out of conference game this Saturday. The Commodores host Iowa St in the SEC/Big12 challenge and it is set to tip-off at 3 pm Central and will be aired on ESPN2.


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