New Orleans 72

(2-7, 0-6 away)

Vanderbilt 78

(7-1, 6-1 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 20, 2005

    Memorial Gymnasium (Vandy), Nashville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    UNO 29 4372
    VAN 44 3478

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: N. Parker 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Vanderbilt: S. Foster 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast

    Vanderbilt 78, New Orleans 72

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Shan Foster scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the second half Tuesday night to lead Vanderbilt past New Orleans 78-72.

    Mario Moore and Julian Terrell added 14 and 13, respectively, for the Commodores (7-1).

    James Parlow led the Privateers (2-7) with 18 while Nathaniel Parker had 17.

    Foster, who was 5-of-8 from behind the arc in the second half alone, almost single-handedly fought off the New Orleans upset attempt.

    After trailing 44-29 at halftime, the Privateers cut the lead to 56-50 on a 3-pointer by Parlow with 11:41 left.

    Back-to-back 3-pointers by Foster put the Commodores back out to a 70-59 lead but again the Privateers climbed back into the game.

    After New Orleans again cut the advantage to five, Foster hit another 3-pointer that gave Vanderbilt a 74-66 lead with 4:36 left. The Privateers cut the lead to five again in the final minute but could get no closer.

    Vanderbilt, rusty in playing just its third game in 20 days, misfired on 13 of its first 18 shots from the field to start the game before finally gaining its rhythm with a 14-2 run midway through the first half. In the decisive spurt, the Commodores scored in seven straight possessions and connected on 8-of-9 shots from the floor.

    New Orleans, its campus ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, has played its first nine games of the season on the road as the team has taken temporary residence at the University of Texas-Tyler. The Privateers will travel to Kansas on Dec. 29 but then will return to New Orleans Dec. 31 for the first time since the storm to face crosstown rival Tulane.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 78
    FG Made-Attempted 26-55 (.473) 28-70 (.400)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-22 (.409) 8-24 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-18 (.611) 14-22 (.636)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 17

    2005-06 Season

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