Vanderbilt routs Ole Miss, 77-62

OXFORD, Miss.-- DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points and Shan Foster added 18 as hot shooting Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 77-62 Wednesday to keep its postseason hopes alive.

In an incredible display of shooting, Vanderbilt (16-10, 7-8 SEC) connected on 62 percent (27-42) of its field goals, 56 percent (9-16) of 3-point attempts and 81 percent (14-17) of its free throws.

The contest was never in doubt, as the Commodores raced to a 10-0 lead just two minutes into the game.

A 3-point shot by Alan Metcalfe bulged Vandy's lead to 13 with 13 minutes remaining in the half. Metcalfe had a good night, making all 6 of his shots on the night including 3-3 field goals, 1-1 3-point shots, and 2-2 free throws.

A 3-point play by Shan Foster gave Vanderbilt its biggest lead of the half at 30-13 with 8 minutes remaining in the half. The Rebels battled back and cut the Vandy lead to 41-33 at intermission.

In the second half Vandy continued to bomb the Rebels. With 6:55 remaining, Shan Foster's 3-point shot bulged the Commodore lead to 25.

"Other than our inability to handle the ball, I really liked our play tonight," said a happy Kevin Stallings. "We got a lead and put it in cruise but had to make some changes when they started coming back. And we were able to make those adjustments."

The win was Vanderbilt's sixth on the road of the season. Still clinging to hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid, the Commodores conclude the regular season Saturday with a 1 pm CT home game against Tennessee. The Volunteers have lost three of their last four games after Wednesday night's home loss to Kentucky.

The Rebels visit regular season champion LSU on Saturday.

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