Cold shooting Vandy holds off UNO, 78-72

NASHVILLE-- Shan Foster scored 27 points as the Vanderbilt Commodores held off the New Orleans Privateers, 78-72. Cold Vanderbilt shooting and poor defense allowed New Orleans to rally from a 17-point second half deficit.

Vanderbilt struggled early with the score deadlocked at 5-5 until Mario Moore hit a 3-point shot with just under 16 minutes remaining in the half to put the home team up by 3. The senior Moore, who is still not starting, went on to score 14.

A lay-up by Dan Cage gave Vanderbilt an 11-point lead with 9 minutes before the break. Moore scored another lay-up as time expired in the first half to give Vandy a 44-29 halftime lead.

In the second half cold Vanderbilt shooting coupled with poor defense allowed New Orleans back in the game after trailing by 17. Privateer James Parlow made 6 of 12 from 3-point range to lead New Orleans in scoring. Parlow's 3-point shot with 4:47 remaining cut the Vandy lead to 5.

A Derrick Byars free throw closed out the Vandy scoring with 20 seconds remaining and the Commodores leading 78-72. Parlow missed a 3-point shot as time expired.

Shan Foster, who has been in somewhat of a slump, had the hot hand making 6 of 12 three-point attempts, including 4 in the second half. The 27 points was a career high for Foster, "My teammates and coaches all have great confidence in me. JT, the whole game – even the first half when I missed like every shot that I took – he kept telling me to keep shooting, and that's what I did," said a happy Foster after the game.

Julian Terrell had another double double scoring 13 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, "think we got up and kind of got lackadaisical during the game. We got up 17 and put it on cruise control because we thought the game was over with. But they played hard and fought the whole game," said Terrell.

Kevin Stallings was not pleased with the Commodore defensive effort, "We slipped defensively in the second half. Our effort wasn't as good tonight as it was last Saturday. I would like for that to never be a question."

Other scorers for Vandy included Ted Skuchas 6; Derrick Byars 9; Dan Cage 2 and DeMarre Carroll 7.

Vanderbilt improves to 7-1 with the win. The Commodores host IUPUI Thursday at 7 p.m. New Orleans drops to 2-7 and next visits Kansas on December 29.

New Orleans guard Wayne Williams (23) goes to the basket with Vanderbilt's Dan Cage (20) in their NCAA basketball game, Tuesday Dec. 20, 2005, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Neil Brake)

New Orleans forward Earnest Daney (31) goes up to the basket as Vanderbilt's forward Julian Terrell (33) trys to block the shot in their NCAA basketball game,Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won, 78-72. (AP Photo/Neil Brake)

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