"They played with more energy. They dominated on the backboards, so it was a tough day for us. We did a good job of getting back in the game in the second half, but we ran out of gas," said Commodore Head Coach Kevin Stallings.
Derrick Byars, who scored 17 points and pulled down 5 rebounds, was confident Vanderbilt would come back.
"When we came back and tied the score art 53, I believed we would build a lead, but we could never get over the top." said Derrick Byars. Shan Foster led Vanderbilt in scoring with 22.
Vanderbilt's 3-point shooting prevented the game from getting really ugly. The Commodores hit 11-22 as opposed to Arkansas' 4 of 13 shooting from beyond the arc. Foster and Byars each had 4 three pointers and Alex Gordon made all 3 of his attempts.
Arkansas' Jonathon Modica, right, dives for a loose ball as Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars, left, tries to regain possession during the first half of college basketball action in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)