Foster, Commodores silence Gamecocks
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) – Shan Foster poured in a career-high 33
points, including five three-pointers, leading No. 19 Vanderbilt over South
Carolina, 99-90, in overtime at the Colonial Center.
Derrick Byars scored 18 points — eight in the extra session — for Vanderbilt
(20-9, 10-5 SEC), which locked up the Eastern Division No. 2 seed in next
week’s SEC Tournament. Ross Neltner finished 14 points, while Dan Cage chipped
in 12 for the Commodores.
Tre’ Kelley scored a team-high 32 points and dished out eight assists for
South Carolina (14-14, 4-11), which has dropped two of three and seven of its
last 10 overall. Dominique Archie had 21 points, while Bryce Sheldon finished
with 13 for the Gamecocks.
Byars made two consecutive three-pointers to start the extra session, and the
Commodores held an 87-82 edge. Foster followed with a layup to extend the lead
to five, but Kelley answered for the Gamecocks with a shot from beyond the arc
to make it 89-85 with 2:35 to play.
South Carolina never got closer than four the rest of the way, while the
Commodores coasted to the finish line.
Vanderbilt built a 47-35 lead at the break, then opened the second half on a
9-2 run and led 54-37 on Foster’s jumper at 18:47. The Gamecocks fought back,
however, and grabbed a 77-73 lead on Kelley’s driving layup with a little over
two minutes remaining in the contest.
South Carolina held an 81-79 edge with just 44 seconds to play, but Foster’s
layup tied things up with 19 ticks remaining.
The Commodores shot 49 percent in the contest, while the Gamecocks made 53
percent of their shots…The win made Commodore head coach Kevin Stallings
only the second coach in Vanderbilt history to register three or more 20-win
seasons…Vanderbilt also defeated South Carolina 78-68 at Memorial Gymnasium
on Feb. 14.