Beal Threes Lead Vandy Past Auburn

AUBURN-- Jermaine Beal scored 21 points on 7 of 8 shooting from behind the three point line as the Commodores got their first road victory of Southeastern Conference play 82-75 over the Auburn Tigers.

"I was very proud of our team. I told them after the game that if you stay together and stay positive, then you're going to come out of the low points and the slums. They haven't taken a day off and they've had the right attitude. We knew this day would come, but we didn't know when. We knew that we would come out with a better performance because of how hard we played today," Vandy Head Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Vanderbilt got out to a 22-13 lead on a layup from A.J. Ogilvy with 10:45 to play in the first half. Ogivly played his best game in a couple of weeks scoring 14 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the win.

The Dores led 39-27 with 3:01 to go before the half, but Auburn would end the half on a 9-2 to cut the lead to 41-36 as the headed into the intermission.

The Tigers opened the half on a 12-7 lead and took their first lead of the contest, 50-48, with 15:35 left in the game.

The Black and Gold would answer with a 10-2 run that was started by a Beal 3. That run gave Vandy a six point lead with ten minutes left to play.

The Tigers would answer that run with a 9-4 output of their own, and the game of second half runs and lead changes continues as Auburn took back the lead 7:34 left.

The game was tied at 70 with just over three minutes left to play when Beal hit three pointers number six and seven on the day. Beal had his best game of the season, and as a veteran leader should, stepped up big in this game to end Vandy's losing streak. It seemed like every time the Dores needed a big shot Dolla Beal was there to knock it down. If the Commodores are going to turn around this season, Beal is going to need to be the leader. He showed today that he is willing and able to make that happen.

"It was just one of those games where I made a couple of shots and I just kept shooting it. It felt good, so it went down and I just kept shooting it," Beal said of his shooting performance today.

Auburn made it interesting again on a Lucas Hargrove three to cut the Vandy lead to 77-75 with 1:06 left, but Brad Tinsley knocked down a three on the Dores next trip down the floor to pretty much seal the deal.

In addition to Beal's 21 and Ogivly's 14, the Commodores got 14 from Jeffery Taylor and 13 from Tinsley.

Rasheem Barrett led all scorers with 29. Auburn also got 12 from Korvotney Barber and 11 from Hargrove.

The Commodores will now have a few days off before returning home for two games. The first is Thursday night against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Memorial Gym. That game tips at 6 p.m. and will be shown on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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