Shocker in the Bayou: Vanderbilt 75 LSU 67

BATON ROUGE-- In a huge shocker in college basketall on Wednesday night, Vanderbilt decked SEC Champion LSU on the Tiger's Senior Night. Vanderbilt continued the offensive resurgence it displayed in a recent win over South Carolina as A.J. Ogilvy scored 33 and Jermaine Beal added 17.

LSU would score on their second possession of the game to take an early 2-0 lead. Ogivly scored a layup on Vandy's next trip down the floor, and the Tigers would not lead again in the ball game. Vanderbilt started hot for the second game in a row powered by a 13-4 run to start the game that was capped by a three from Beal. Ogilvy scored six of the 13 points. LSU did not have an answer for the big man in the paint all night long.

The Dores would extend their lead to 22-8 after layups from Jeffery Taylor, Ogilvy and Beal. This young Commodore team has been inconsistent on offense all season long, but in the last two games, against quality opponents, has really seemed to find their groove. Barring a win in the SEC Tournament, it is probably too little too late for this season, but it is very encouraging for a team that is graduating exactly zero players.

The Tigers would end the half on a little run, but a dunk by Beal with three seconds remaining in the first half game the Black and Gold the momentum and an 11 point lead heading into the intermission.

LSU would come out of the break hot, starting with a 7-2 run to cut the Vandy lead to 39-33, but Ogilvy would once again answer with a 6-2 run to get the lead back to 10. The Tiger would not go away easily in this contest. They fought back in the second half, and a three point play by Marcus Thornton tied the game with 5:15 left.

Steve Tchiengang would get fouled on the next possession and knock down one of his two free throws. Vanderbilt struggled from the line in this game shooting just 15-24 (63%). After the Commodore defense got a stop on LSU's next possession, Brad Tinsley scored his first points of the night by knocking down a three to give his team a 64-60 lead with 4:43 remaining in the contest.

The Tigers continued to make it interesting. With just 1:05 left in the game, Tasmin Mitchell knocked down two free throws to cut the Vandy lead to two at 68-66. Tinsley would step up again on Vanderbilt's ensuing possession and knock down another three with 37 seconds left that pretty much ended the game.

The only Commodore in double figures besides Ogilvy was Beal with 17 points.

The Bayou Bengals were led in scoring by Thornton with 18. They also got 16 from Mitchell and 14 from Spencer.

The Commodores will wrap up their regular season on Sunday at Memorial Gym when they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. That game tips off at 1 p.m. and can be seen on Raycom Sports.


The Vanderbilt bench cheers late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Baton Rouge, La. from left, center Festus Ezeli, forward Darshawn McClellan, forward Joe Duffy, guard Charles Hinkle and guard Chris Meriweather. Vanderbilt won 75-67. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

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