Flat Vandy flops at Arkansas, 78-66

Jonathon Modica scored 19 points and Arkansas out rebounded Vanderbilt 39-20 as the Commodores fell to the Razorbacks 78-66 in a Southeastern Conference game. The loss was Vanderbilt's first league loss of the 2005-06 season.

Arkansas bolted out to a 34-23 halftime lead. In the second half Vanderbilt rallied to tie it at 53 but couldn't sustain the rally.

"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.

Other scorers for Vanderbilt included Gordon 11 and Julian Terrell 10. Dan Cage, Mario Moore and Ted Skuchas each had 2.

Vanderbilt (11-3, 2-1 SEC), will return to Memorial Gym on Wednesday to face South Carolina. Arkansas (12-4, 1-2 SEC) hosts Alabama on Wednesday.

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)

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