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.