Shocker! Vandy tops Georgia Tech, 73-64

NASHVILLE-- After being given up for dead two weeks ago after a loss to Furman, a rejuvenated and scrappy Vanderbilt team upset #25 Georgia Tech on Saturday in historic Memorial Gymnasium. Shan Foster scored 25 points and Derrick Byars added 18 as the Commodores held on in the final minutes to win their fourth straight game.

Vanderbilt raced out to a 27-13 first half lead behind the sharp shooting of Shan Foster and Alex Gordon. The pair combined to make 4 of 7 three-point shots and scored 24 points in the first half. Georgia Tech battled back and took the lead, 28-27, with 3:07 remaining in the half. The Commodores led 33-32 and had the ball with 6 seconds remaining in the half but Tech's Mario West stole the ball and made a driving dunk as time expired to give the Yellow Jackets a 34-33 lead at the half.

In the second half Vanderbilt retook the lead, 51-50, with 12:06 remaining in the game on a Derrick Byars 3-pointer. Vanderbilt freshman JeJuan Brown then stole the show as he scored 6 points in a little over a minute to help the Commodores build a 57-50 cushion.

Tech pulled to within 4 at 63-59 with 4:11 remaining but could never regain the lead. Ten free throws by Alex Gordon, Shan Foster, Ross Neltner and Dan Cage sealed the win for Vanderbilt down the stretch.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings credited the Commodores swarming defense for being the difference in the game, "I thought that it was our tenacity on defense in the second half that won the game for us. We turned them over 25 times and that was key. Obviously the rebounding thing was a problem but apparently we got enough of them," said the eighth-year head coach.

Other scorers for Vanderbilt included Alex Gordon 14; Jermaine Beal 6; Ross Neltner 6; Dan Cage 2 and Ted Skuchas 2. Georgia Tech was led in scoring by Thaddeus Young who had 19.

It was Vanderbilt's first win over a top 25 team since beating then #19 Alabama in early 2005. The Commodores improved to 38-31 in the all-time series against Georgia Tech.

Vanderbilt improves to 5-3 and will next host Nicholls State on December 16. Georgia Tech falls to 6-3 and will host Centenary on December 18.

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