Foster on fire as VU romps, 104-62

NASHVILLE-- Shan Foster scored 29 points and made 7 of 12 three-point attempts as Vanderbilt won by the most lopsided margin of the Kevin Stallings era. Vanderbilt, which saw every player score, evened its record at 3-3.

Vanderbilt, led by Foster, came out on fire in the first half, hitting 9 of 19 three-point attempts. Foster was an incredible 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and scored 20 points. Alex Gordon added two 3-pointers and Ross Neltner one. Ted Skuchas also got into the mix, pouring in 8 points in the initial half and ripping down numerous rebounds.

Leading 47-23 at the half, Vanderbilt picked up right where it left off in the first half as Dan Cage drilled a 3-pointer just seconds into the second half. The lead reached 30 with 10:30 remaining in the game and then 40 at 85-45 with 7:20 remaining on a JeJuan Brown's free throw. Vanderbilt achieved its biggest lead of the game at 47 with 2:48 remaining on a George Drake free throw to make the score 102-55.

Other scorers for Vanderbilt included Ross Neltner 15; Derrick Byars 14; Alex Gordon 9: Ted Skuchas 8; Dan Cage 8; George Drake 8; Jermaine Beal 6; JeJuan Brown 5; Aubrey Hammond 2. During the romp, Vanderbilt made 37 of 66 (56%) from the field for the game and 14 of 29 (48%) from 3-point range.

A rejuvenated Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings had praise for his team after the game, "They did a good job of attacking both zones. Obviously Shan got us off to a great start and it just sort of built confidence with everybody else. We took really good care of the ball and moved it well and hit the open guy. I was really pleased with the progress we made on the defensive end."

The Commodores will attempt to go above .500 on Thursday when they host local rival David Lipscomb. East Tennessee State, which lost at Auburn 64-58 on November 19, falls to 5-5 and will next host Milligan on December 9.


Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars, left, chases a loose ball with East Tennessee State's DeQuan Twilley, right, in the first half of a college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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