Dores Fall 86-76 at South Carolina

Kevin Stallings attempted to spark the team by shaking up the starting lineup, but in the end it was not enough to overcome 21 turnovers in an 86-76 loss to the Gamecocks.

Stallings decided to reward George Drake for his solid play of late with a spot in the starting lineup. Festus Ezeli also made a rare appearance in the starting lineup in place of A.J. Ogilvy who has been battling a heel injury.

Vanderbilt (12-8, 1-5) got off to a good start, taking an 11-9 lead on a layup by Jeffery Taylor, but that lead was short lived because South Carolina (15-4, 4-2) would hit back to back to back threes. Those threes would jump start an 15-2 run that would give them a 26-13 lead with 8:43 to go in the first half.

The Dores would answer with a 12-8 run to cut the lead to 34-28 with 3:42 to go before the intermission, but South Carolina would answer with an 8-2 run to push the lead to 42-30 at the break.

Vandy would come out of the locker room on fire with a 19-6 run to take their first lead of the game at 49-48 since they lead 13-8 early in the first half. That lead would be short live however as the Gamecocks came right back with a 14-2 run of their own to take a 62-51 lead with 7:48 left to go in the game.

After the Black and Gold scored the next three points, SC would go on an 8-2 that pretty much put the game out of hand. Stallings's bunch showed a lot of fight in this game by overcoming the big first half deficit, but at the end of the day they just were not able to stay in the game because of the turnovers.

Taylor led the Commodores with a career high 23 points. They also got double figures from George Drake, who set his career high for the third straight game with 18, Brad Tinsley with 15, and Jermaine Beal with 13.

The Gamecocks got 18 from Devan Downey, 17 from Dominique Archie, 13 from Zam Fredrick, and 12 from Branis Raley-Ross.

Vanderbilt returns to action on Saturday in Auburn, Alabama against the Auburn Tigers. That game tips off at 1 p.m.


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