Vanderbilt 98 Toledo 93

NASHVILLE-- Derrick Byars scored 28, Shan Foster 21 and Ross Neltner 20 as the Vanderbilt Commodores picked up a hard-fought win over Toledo, 98-93 in overtime. Vanderbilt, which lost 3 of its first 4 games, made 11 of 24 3-point shots and outscored the Rockets 14-9 during overtime to get the much needed victory.

During the overtime period the struggling Commodores fell behind 92-87 with 2:27 remaining in the period. A Derrick Byars 3-point shot pulled the Commodores to within 2 at 92-90. After a rare defensive stop, LSU transfer Ross Neltner made a 3-point shot to put Vanderbilt up by 1 with 50 seconds remaining at 93-92.

With 13 seconds remaining, Toledo's Tyrone Kent made 1 of 2 free throws to knot the score at 93. Vanderbilt freshman point guard Jermaine Beal made a driving basket with 4 seconds remaining and then calmly sank a free throw to put Vanderbilt back up by 3, 96-93, and end all hopes for a Toledo win. Beal finished with a career high 13 points.

Toledo, behind Keonta Howell, vaulted out to a 7 point halftime lead and led by 8 with 12:16 remaining in the game. Howell finished with an impressive 32 points for the Rockets.

"We obviously feel great considering how well Toledo shot the ball and how well Keonta Howell played," said Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. "We feel great to have won. We knew they were a great basketball team and could cause trouble with their quickness. Our guys stepped up at the end of regulation defensively. To be five points down in overtime, our guys showed toughness to get in going in our favor," continued the eighth year coach.

Vanderbilt improves to 2-3 with the win. The Commodores next host East Tennessee State on Tuesday. Toledo falls to 2-4 and visits Kansas on Saturday. Top Stories