Lofton scores 21 as Vols drop Commodores
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Chris Lofton poured in 21 points on 8-of-18
shooting from the floor as 11th-ranked Tennessee topped Vanderbilt, 68-59, in
SEC action at Memorial Gym.
C.J. Watson added 11 points while Andre Patterson and Major Wingate each had
10 points for Tennessee (21-6, 12-4 SEC), which broke a two-game losing streak
to close out the regular season.
Shan Foster netted 15 points and six rebounds for Vanderbilt (16-11, 7-9),
which saw a modest two-game winning streak come to an end. Julian Terrell and
DeMarre Carroll had 10 points apiece in the loss.
With Vanderbilt leading by one point, Patterson stole the ball from Alex
Gordon at half court and threw down a dunk to push the Vols ahead 56-55 with
just under three minutes to go.
After Patterson blocked Terrell inside, Dane Bradshaw drilled a three-pointer
at the other end for a four-point lead at 59-54 with 1:54 left in the game.
The Commodores never recovered the rest of the way as Tennessee outscored them
9-4 down the stretch by hitting its free throws.
Vandy opened the contest on a 10-2 surge with Foster hitting two three-
pointers and took a 31-21 lead into the locker room. Foster paced the
Commodores with nine points and five rebounds. As a team, Vanderbilt was 5-
of-13 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Tennessee made only 7-of-25 (28 percent) shots from the floor in the opening
twenty minutes and also turned the ball over nine times. Patterson and Wingate
each had six points.
Leading by 10 points after the first half, Carroll netted four straight points
to cap a 6-0 run to start the second period giving Vanderbilt a 37-21
After the Vols pulled to within six points, Foster drained a trey to make it a
42-33 lead with around 13 minutes remaining.
With 9:06 left to play, Lofton’s layup capped an 11-0 run by Tennessee and
tied the scored up at 44-44.
The Vols have won 11 of the last 17 meetings with Vandy and own a commanding
104-65 lead in the all-time series…Tennessee improved to 7-3 on the road
this season…The Vols finished with 11 steals…Tennessee shot 7-of-28 from
beyond the arc while Vanderbilt was 8-of-26 from long distance range.