Vanderbilt rallies past Lipscomb, 59-50

NASHVILLE-- Vanderbilt had not lost to Lipscomb since 1951 and on Thursday night Vanderbilt continued that dominance with a hard-fought 59-50 win over the Bison. Derrick Byars scored 18 and Ross Neltner added 13 as the Commodores rallied from a 27-21 halftime deficit and inched above .500 for the first time in the 2006-07 season.

Scrappy Lipscomb, behind Eddie Ard and ice cold Vanderbilt shooting, jumped out to a 27-21 halftime lead. The Bison continued to lead Vandy until freshman George Drake sank a 3-point shot to tie the score at 38 with 9:45 remaining in the game.

Vanderbilt retook the lead with 8:30 remaining on Derrick Byars 3-pointer that put Vanderbilt up 41-38. Lipscomb would never lead again and the Commodores would seal the game at the line where they made 17 of 21 (80%) shots. Ross Neltner (5 of 5), Derrick Byars (4 of 4) and Alex Gordon (4 of 4) were all perfect from the line for Vandy.

After red-hot shooting against East Tennessee State on Tuesday night, the Commodores made just 4 of 17 (23%) from 3-point range and 19 of 52 field goals (36%). Other scorers for Vanderbilt included Alex Gordon 7; Dan Cage 6; Shan Foster 5; George Drake 4; Aubrey Hammond 2; Ted Skuchas 2; JeJuan Brown 2. Ard finished with 14 to lead Lipscomb.

"It wasn't easy. They came in and held they ball. They just milked the shot clock . . . we adjusted at halftime and went with two post players instead of one and I thought that was the difference for us because we were able to get some inside baskets . . . then we got them in a little bit of foul trouble and started getting to the line and I thought that was the difference," said a relieved Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings after the game.

Vanderbilt improves to 4-3 and will host Georgia Tech on Saturday at Memorial Gym. The Commodores improve to 20-4 in the all-time series with the Bison. Lipscomb falls to 6-3 and next hosts Nicholls State on December 14. Top Stories