No. 15 VU Downs UMass 97-88
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Jan. 5, 2008



Shan Foster matched his jersey number with a season-high 32 points, including a career-best eight three-pointers. Foster's 32 points were one off his career mark of 33 at South Carolina last season. "He's playing unbelievable," head coach Kevin Stallins said. "I don't even want to talk about it. It is remarkable how he's played. He's a terrific player and he's been doing it for four years. I'm really happy for him because there is not a more devoted guy to his team than Shan Foster."

With A.J. Ogilvy and Foster combining to score 26 of Vanderbilt's 36 points in the first half, the Commodores got a much-needed third scorer in Jermaine Beal, who scored 14 of his career-high 19 points in the second half. Beal also set career marks in field-goals made (6) and three-pointers made (3).

On top of scoring 32 points and setting a career mark with eight three-pointers, Foster tied Ronnie McMahan (1992-95) for the most three-pointers made in school history with 296.

Among those in attendance at today's game were former Commodores Derrick Byars, Matt Freije, Jason Holwerda, Russell Lakey and Mario Moore. All five players were recognized during the first media timeout in the second half.

Trailing by 13 (29-16) with 7:00 to play in the first half, a three-pointer by Beal triggered a 14-0 run that gave Vanderbilt its first lead of the game (30-29) following a three-pointer by Foster with 4:31 to play. Prior the run, Vanderbilt had trailed by as many as 14, 27-13. VU also went on an 11-2 run beginning at the 10:34 mark of the second half to take the lead for good.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Massachusetts focused its defense on Shan Foster and still couldn't stop him.

Vanderbilt's senior swingman scored 32 points and swished a 3-pointer that all but sealed the Commodores' 97-88 victory over the Minutemen on Saturday.

Foster made eight of 12 3-pointers as No. 15 Vanderbilt (15-0) extended the best start in school history.

"Foster is the best player I've seen this year," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "He had 32 points, and we had a hand in his face on every shot."

Massachusetts made a final charge, chopping a 12-point deficit to 84-78 with 3:10 left on a layup and free throw by Ricky Harris. But Foster, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, hit a 3 from the left corner with 2:29 remaining that made it 87-78.

Foster put on a shooting display despite facing tight defense.

"I guess I've gotten used to it," he said. "I have to hit tough shots in practice, so it makes me comfortable in the game."

The Commodores trailed by 14 points in the first half and nine in the second before charging back on the strength of their 3-point shooting. Vanderbilt was 13-of-23 from beyond the arc while the Minutemen were 6-of-20.

Andrew Ogilvy added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Commodores.

UMass (11-3) led 50-41 with 16:52 remaining before Vanderbilt rallied. Foster's 3-pointer made it 66-64, and Keegan Bell followed with another to give the Commodores a 67-65 lead with 9:23 to go. They never trailed again.

Vanderbilt began to pull away when Jermaine Beal and Foster made consecutive 3-pointers, followed by a jumper by Beal and free throw by Ogilvy to push the lead to 84-72.

Harris scored 25 points, and Chris Lowe and Gary Forbes each added 22 to lead Massachusetts.

With the Commodores making only four of their first 16 shots, UMass raced to a 27-13 lead with 9:28 left in the first half on a free throw by Tony Gaffney.

Moments later, the Commodores reeled off a 14-0 run, igniting the Memorial Gymnasium crowd of 13,750, and grabbed their first lead of the game at 30-29 with 4:31 left in the half. Foster and Beal each scored five points in the flurry.

Foster hit four three-pointers in the first half and scored 16 points.

"Our guys kept grinding and kept fighting," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "We finally got [UMass] slowed down."

Harris scored 13 points in the first half to stake the Minutemen to a 37-36 halftime lead.

"You have to give Vandy credit," Ford said. "They're one of the best teams I've seen. They have a lot of weapons. I was hoping Vanderbilt wouldn't bring their 'A' game and that we'd have a shot."



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