Vanderbilt didn’t allow itself many opportunities to shoot. When it did get off a shot, the results were less than fortuitous.
The Commodores committed a season-high 25 turnovers and made just 10 field goals as they matched their lowest point total of the season in a 56-33 loss at Arkansas on Saturday.
To say they were sluggish in their first Southeastern Conference road game -- fewer than 48 hours removed from a two-point loss to Kentucky -- was a huge understatement.
Vanderbilt (6-8, 0-2) missed 30 of 40 shots overall and made just two of 16 3-pointers. The Commodores shot 20 percent from the floor (3-for-15) in the first half but made just one field goal over the first 18 minutes. Josh Henderson’s layup with 1:24 left in the half was the team’s first bucket in 13 minutes. Rod Odom immediately followed with Vanderbilt’s first 3-pointer, which cut the halftime deficit to 21-11.
They scored six points in less than three minutes to start the second half but then went cold again.
The Razorbacks (10-5, 1-1), who didn’t look sharp in the first half either, stormed away with a 14-0 run. Rashad Madden’s jumper with 11:10 left gave Arkansas a 43-17 lead.
The plethora of turnovers did not help Vanderbilt's cause. Though Arkansas is well known for its signature full-court press, most of VU's 13 first-half turnovers came from errant passes in the halfcourt offense.
Freshman Sheldon Jeter led the Commodores with eight points. Marshawn Powell had 17 points and B.J. Young added 14 for Arkansas.
With 6:12 left, Vanderbilt sophomore Kedren Johnson injured his right (shooting) shoulder while trying to snatch away a loose ball. He stayed on the bench the rest of the game, with ice on the joint. Johnson suffered a similar injury – a subluxation or impartial dislocation – to the same shoulder in practice last month. Johnson was the team’s second leading scorer with five points.
Vanderbilt also scored 33 points in a loss to Marist in November. That marked the program’s fewest points since 1982 – before the shot clock era.