Vanderbilt surges past Georgetown, 68-61

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Shan Foster scored 20 points as Vanderbilt used red hot second half shooting to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas, 68-61. Vanderbilt trailed 36-29 at the half but outscored the Big East school 39-25 in the second half to improve to 4-0.

Vanderbilt came out hitting just 38 percent of their field goals in the first half. The Hoyas struggles as well, hitting just 26 percent for that half. In the second half the Commodores shots started to fall and defense improved. Vandy hit almost 60 percent of their shots while the Hoyas were able to make just 34 percent.

After trailing by 7 at the halftime, Vanderbilt tied the game at 39 early in the second half. The Commodores then erupted for a 23-12 run that lasted over 11 minutes. Junior Ted Skuchas scored on a lay-up with just under 4 minutes remaining to give Vanderbilt a 10-point cushion at 64-54. Georgetown would later pull to within 6 points of the Commodores but would get no closer.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings felt that defense and rebounding won the game in the second half.

"I thought the key to the game was in the second half we defended and rebounded much better and got to the foul line more. I thought these were the keys to the game for us. I especially thought the defense performance in the second half as we made a couple adjustments. They certainly executed much better than us in the first half, but fortunately we were able to come out in the second half and turn it around a little bit," said Stallings.

Stallings was particularly happy with the performance of Shan Foster.

"Shan is a very unselfish player. He is a terrific shooter and scorer and a guy we lean heavily on. He is as gifted a shooter that I have ever coached," commented Stallings.

Foster made 6-11 shots from the field including 3-7 from 3-point range in 38 minutes of action.

Senior Julian Terrell was Mr. Windex for Vanderbilt. Terrell collected 9 rebounds in addition to his 8 points. Other scorers for Vanderbilt include Mario Moore with 12; Alex Gordon 8: Derrick Byars 7; DeMarre Carroll 7 and Ted Skuchas 6.

Jeff Green led Georgetown in scoring with 14.

The win evens the Georgetown-Vanderbilt series record at 1-1. Vanderbilt previously lost to Georgetown during the NCAA Tournament in 1991, 70-60.

Vanderbilt improves to 4-0 with the win. On November 30 the Commodores return to Memorial Gym to host the Oregon Ducks. Georgetown (2-1) will also face the Ducks next as the Hoyas will travel to Oregon on December 3.

NOTE: Vanderbilt guard Dan Cage missed the game due to illness, possibly food poisoning.

Georgetown's Jonathan Wallace (2) loses the ball against Vanderbilt's Shan Foster (32) and Ted Skuchas during the second half, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in Washington. Vanderbilt won 68-61. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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