Arkansas ends Vanderbilt win streak

FAYETTEVILLE-- Vanderbilt's seven game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena when the Arkansas Razorbacks upset the Commodores, 78-73.

The loss drops the Commodores two games behind the Kentucky Wildcats for second place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. The Commodores have just two games remaining, while the Wildcats have three games remaining beginning tomorrow against the Tennessee Volunteers.

After Jermaine Beal hit two free throws with just seven seconds left to go in the game to bring the Commodores within one, Ross Neltner called a timeout. The only problem was the Commodores did not have any timeouts remaining so Vanderbilt was called for a technical foul. "I'm not exactly sure what happened. I truly do not know why we called a timeout," Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game. Arkansas' Sonny Weems hit the two free throws from the technical foul. The Razorbacks then threw the ball in to Weems, who got fouled, and hit both of those free throws as well.

Stallings had this to say about the play of the Razorbacks, "Arkansas played very well, especially on the offensive end. They made big plays, and more plays than our team at the end. They've got a lot of talent. If you lined up their talent and our talent, most coaches would take their talent. We weren't hitting on enough cylinders. We were close. We can't have our guards go 1-of-16 from the floor on the road and expect to win. We have been real solid defensively, recently. We got some bad bounces today, some things went against us."

Coming off one of their best defensive efforts of the season against Tennessee on Tuesday night, the Commodores had one of the worst defensive efforts Saturday. They allowed the Razorbacks, who had been struggling to score recently, to shoot 58% from the field.

Shan Foster came up big again on Saturday scoring 22 points. He made six of his eight three point attempts on the day, and passed Matt Freije to become Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer. Foster had this to say about the record, "I have never put my focus to breaking the school scoring record. It is more important to me that we play as a team; whether we win or lose we do it as a team."

Freshman center A.J. Ogilvy bounced back from his rough effort Tuesday night to score 20 points and grab 6 rebounds. Ogilvy said it was a frustrating afternoon, "I was really frustrated with the way we played. If we didn't have so many fouls, we would have had a better chance of winning. In the first half, we struggled with making crucial baskets."

Neltner was the only other Commodore to finish in double figures with 14 points.

The Razorbacks were led in scoring by Weems who had 20 points. They also got double figures from Patrick Beverly with 17, Darian Townes with 14 and Gary Ervin with 14.

The Commodores return home on Wednesday night to face the Southeastern Conference Western Division leading Bulldogs of Mississippi State. The Commodores will look to finish the season undefeated at home on senior night. That game tips off at 7 p.m.


Shan Foster drives around Arkansas' Steven Hill, center. Foster scored 22 points to become Vanderbilt's career scoring leader. Foster now has 1,895 points. He passed Matt Freije who played from 2000-04 and scored 1,891 points. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

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