LSU's 16-point run too much for Vanderbilt to overcome

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:03pm
Staff reports

A late rally by Vanderbilt was not enough to make up for a pivotal lapse at the first half.

The Commodores surrendered 16 straight points before halftime but roared back — almost all the way —in a 57-56 loss at LSU on Wednesday night.

Vanderbilt junior Rod Odom led all scorers with a career-high 20 points and drained three straight 3-pointers in the final 21 seconds. His last came at the buzzer after LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant made two free throws for a four-point lead with 7.2 seconds left.

The Commodores (8-13, 2-7 Southeastern Conference) dropped their fourth straight and seventh in nine games. They took an 18-15 lead on two free throws by Sheldon Jeter with 3:52 left before the wheels came off.

Anthony Hickey, who led the Tigers with 14 points, made a 3-pointer on the next possession to tie the game and start the 16-0 run. Vanderbilt missed its next five shots while LSU (13-7, 4-5) made five straight. Hickey capped off the spurt with a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 31-18 halftime lead.

Vanderbilt shot just 31.5 from the field and made only eight of 29 3-pointers but slowly chipped away in the second half.

The Commodores pulled within four, 51-47, on Kevin Bright’s 3-pointer with 1:38 to go. LSU responded by making three of four free throws for a 54-47 lead with 1:01 to go.

That’s when Odom began to connect. After missing his first two, he made his final 3, including a shot in the corner to pull within 55-53. O’Bryant then calmly sank both free throws to seal the victory.

Odom, who was reinserted into the starting lineup, scored 17 points after halftime. Dai-Jon Parker, playing in his hometown of Baton Rouge, added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Vanderbilt returns to Nashville for a three-game homestand, beginning on Saturday against Arkansas. The Razorbacks upset No. 2 Florida 80-69 on Tuesday. Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt 56-33 on the road last month.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 2/6/13 at 10:12

This Vanderbilt team has a lot of heart. They play as hard as any Vandy team I have seen in a long time. Unfortunately they are not very good.

If they continue to play hard and win a couple of SEC tourney games I think they may have a chance at getting an invite to the NIT.

By: joe41 on 2/7/13 at 9:23

One point again. Points out the value of making your foul shots!

Joe

By: Jughead on 2/7/13 at 9:59

Stallings's sun is setting. Nobody wants to play for a bloated and profane crybaby who constantly blames his players.

By: 4gold on 2/9/13 at 10:00

Every player on this team wears a big L on thier forehead. Baseball starts in 6 days. Get these guys out of sight as soon as possible. Finda a way to lose. Unfortunately it is going to be the same team next year too. No help on the way.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!