March 3, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gary Ervin scored 21 points, and Arkansas upset 19th-ranked Vanderbilt 82-67 Saturday to keep the Razorbacks' slim NCAA tournament hopes alive.
The Commodores (20-10, 10-6), who came in looking to go undefeated at home in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1993, had their 13-game home winning streak snapped. The winning streak had been Vanderbilt's longest under Kevin Stallings.
Arkansas (18-12, 7-9) now needs Mississippi State to beat Alabama on Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Division. That would let the Razorbacks play South Carolina in the second game of the SEC tournament on Thursday.
But the Razorbacks improved to 4-2 against Top 25 teams by beating Vanderbilt, and they dominated most of the game by outshooting and outrebounding the Commodores.
Patrick Beverley added 20 points for Arkansas, which now has won two straight. Michael Washington had 15.
Derrick Byars led Vanderbilt with 19 points, and Dan Cage added 15. Shan Foster, who had a career-high 33 points in an overtime victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night, had eight points on 3-of-10 shooting.