Vandy scores another big SEC win by topping LSU
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Derrick Byars posted 18 points and 10
rebounds, as the Vanderbilt Commodores, who have already scored a couple of
significant upsets this season, knocked off the 21st-ranked LSU Tigers, 64-53,
in SEC action.
Dan Cage and Shan Foster both scored 14 points for Vanderbilt (14-6, 4-2 SEC),
which has won three straight games. After crushing Alabama by 21 points last
week, the Commodores were again outstanding in a 72-67 road win over a
Kentucky team that was playing tremendous basketball heading into Saturday’s
Tasmin Mitchell posted 16 points and seven rebounds for LSU (13-6, 2-3), which
lost its second straight. After posting back-to-back home wins over Auburn and
Ole Miss last week, the squad traveled to Arkansas to battle the Razorbacks on
Saturday, but the result of that tilt was a 72-52 setback. Glen Davis and
Garrett Temple both added 12 points in this loss.
Vanderbilt exploded out of the gate on a 16-3 run, capped by a Cage trey with
12:35 left, and led 23-8 with just over seven minutes remaining. LSU outscored
the Commodores by five in the remainder of the half to trail just 34-24 at the
The Commodores added a point to their margin in the second to earn the upset.
LSU went on an 18-6 run down the stretch, to get within 55-49, snapped by a
Foster trey. However, that was as close as the Tigers came to a rally.
Darnell Lazare’s layup with 34 seconds left cut the Tigers’ deficit to single
digits, but Byars converted a pair of free throws 11 seconds later to seal the
win for Vandy.
VU shot 23-for-55 (41.8 percent) from the field, compared to 20-for-62 (32.3
percent) by LSU, which got outrebounded 42-36…The Tigers had a three-game
winning streak against Vanderbilt snapped, and the Commodores own a 53-48 lead
in the all-time series.