In the second half Vanderbilt scored 7 straight points to start the half and led by as much as 11. However, Tennessee, riding the back of Lofton and his long range shooting, roared back to seemingly take over the game. A Duke Crews dunk with 5 seconds remaining gave the Vols a 81-80 lead. After timeouts by each team, Shan Foster tipped in the winning basket after a Derrick Byars missed lay-up with just 3.7 seconds remaining.
"A lot of games are won on tip-ins. I saw Derek go to the basket and I had no intentions of him missing that shot. When it did, my first thought was getting it up there on the rim before time ran up and luckily it went in," said an elated Shan Foster after the game.
Other scorers for Vanderbilt included Dan Cage 15; Shan Foster 14; Alex Gordon 9; Ross Neltner 6 and Ted Skuchas 5. George Drake, Jermaine Beal, Alan Metcalfe and JeJuan Brown each scored 2 points. Tennessee's Lofton finished with 29 points and made 6 of 7 three-point shots.
Vanderbilt improves to 11-5 (1-1 SEC) and next travels to Georgia on Saturday. The win improved Vandy's record in the all-time series versus the Volunteers to 66-104. Tennessee falls to 13-3 (1-1 SEC) with the loss. The Vols next travel to Ohio State on Saturday.
Tennessee guard Ramar Smith (12) and Vanderbilt's Dan Cage scramble for a loose ball in the first half of a college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)