The student section, like the rest of the gym, was packed to the rafters for the big game. The Memorial Maniacs, were primed for showtime on ESPN2.
3's all over the place, as #3 Jason Holwerda watches David Przybyszewski's 3-pointer go down to give the Commodores their first lead of the game at 10-9 with 15:48 left in the first half.
Mr. Commodore was in fine form for the game... dancing with kids, cheerleaders, and in this photo, even going into the mosh pit known as the "Student Section."
Julian Terrell slams home the dunk late in the first half to extend Vanderbilt's lead to 37-31.
More signs in the student section...
...and even signs on the students...
...and the granddaddy of them all P-R-Z-Y-B-Y-S-Z-E-W-S-K-I. According to the "P", they'd been planning this since last year. When they saw Kentucky on ESPN2 on this year's schedule, they knew that was the right game. And as it turned it, they were 100% right!
At halftime, Vanderbilt held a 40-35 lead. Kentucky started the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 43-40 lead. Coach Stallings had warned the starters that if they came out slow in the second half, he'd sub all five of them if he needed to-- and he did. Here, the grizzlies are ready to check in.
Soon afterwards, Russell Lakey scored Vanderbilt's first points of the second half on this driving layup.
David's contested jumper with 3:22 left in the game cut the Kentucky lead back to just two points at 58-56.
Vanderbilt had finally regained the lead on a 3-pointer by freshman Dan Cage, and a free throw from Matt Freije gave the Commodores a 62-60 lead before the last media timeout. Vandy fans, including the pep band and the Maniacs, were starting to sniff the upset.
Russell Lakey's steal, followed by two free throws from Scott Hundley gave the Commodores at 64-60 lead. After Matt grabbed the rebound of Kentucky's miss, he was immediately fouled...
...and sent to the free throw line. Since Vanderbilt was in the double bonus, the senior got two shots and sank both of them.
After the buzzer, Vandy fans rushed onto the court to celebrate the upset.
Afterwards, Coach Stallings talked with ESPN2 on the court while the wild fan celebration continued in the background.
In the press conference Coach Stallings explains that he likes the enthusiasm of the student body, and he likes the fact that they have something to celebrate, but that he's also concerned for the safety of the visiting team's players. It's a matter of sportsmanship, he said, to make insure they have safe passage to their locker room.
David Przybyszewski, Scott Hundley, Russell Lakey, and Matt Freije represented Vandy at the press conference. The others chuckle while David says that he thinks this is the first time he's taken it coast-to-coast for a dunk.
Photographs by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com.