Vanderbilt Shocks South Carolina, 96-83

NASHVILLE-- It doesn't erase an ugly performance at Georgia on Wednesday night but it sure does feel good. A.J. Ogilvy scored 28 and Jermaine Beal added 27 as the Commodores rolled to a 96-83 win at Memorial Gym on Saturday night. The final score does not represent the dominant performance of Vandy in this game.

"That was a little better. I'm really proud of our team. I'm really proud of our crowd. You could tell there was an energy that didn't have to be there with the students gone and us losing to the last place team in our division. I'm proud that our crowd didn't give up on us. I thought we got great play from A.J. Ogilvy and Jermaine Beal. In the first half, I thought we did a good job defensively. In the second half, we were content to score with them. I thought our defense on [Devan] Downey was very good. He had 24 points, but it took him a lot of shots to get there," Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game. After starting slowly in each of their last two games, Vanderbilt came out of the gates hot in this contest. They jumped out to an early 9-2 lead that was aided by a seven point possession that started with a layup by Ogivly. After the basket South Carolina's Mike Holmes was called for a dead ball technical foul. Beal knocked down both free throws and Brad Tinsley hit a three of the inbounds play from the technical foul.

The Gamecocks cut the lead to 9-6, but the Black and Gold would go on a 12-4 run that was started by 9 points from Ogilvy. That run gave the Dores a 28-13 lead with 9:44 left in the first half.

Vandy closed the first half on a 10-5 run to take a 47-27 lead into the intermission. The Commodores shot 15 of 24 (63%) from the field in the first half and made 11 of their 13 free throws. They held South Carolina's best player, Devan Downey, to just 2 for 9 from the field in the opening half.

Both teams came out of the break scoring 14 points each before the first media timeout. Ogilvy continued his solid play scoring 6 of the 14 points.

The second half turned into a bit of a track meet with SC scoring 56 points and the Dores scoring 49 points. The Gamecocks would go on a 13-2 run late in the second half to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 14 at 83-69, but Vandy would hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

In addition to the 28 from Ogilvy and the 27 from Beal, the Commodores got double figures from Jeffery Taylor with 17 and Tinsley with 16.

South Carolina got 24 from Downey, 21 from Sam Fredrick, 15 from Brandis Raley-Ross, and 12 from Mike Holmes.

The Dores return to action Wednesday night when they travel to the Bayou to take on the Tigers of LSU, who clinched the SEC regular season title with their win over Kentucky on Saturday. That game tips off at 7 p.m.

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