Vanderbilt's tap-in at buzzer stuns Vols, 81-80


Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Shan Foster scored on a putback as time expired, and Vanderbilt snapped No. 16 Tennessee's nine-game winning streak by upsetting the Vols 82-81 on Wednesday night.

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Duke guard Gerald Henderson (15) snatches a rebound from under Georgia Tech forward Thaddeus Young during the second half Wednesday in Atlanta.

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Duke Crews dunked to put Tennessee up 81-80 with 4.7 seconds left, but that was plenty of time for the Commodores, who blew a 9-point lead in the second half.

Derrick Byars drove the baseline to the basket but completely missed. Foster got the ball on the left side and sunk a shot just before the buzzer. His teammates mobbed him before a sellout crowd.

Vanderbilt (11-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth straight SEC opener, but this was easily the biggest. Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl wore the orange blazer he reserves for special opponents like the Commodores and Kentucky.

The Volunteers (13-3, 1-1) had a 79-76 lead off a 3-pointer by Ramar Smith with 1:18 to go but couldn't hold that lead.

Byars finished with 25 points for Vanderbilt, Dan Cage added 15 and Foster had 14.

Chris Lofton led all scorers with 29 points for Tennessee, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range. But he didn't score after his layup tied the game at 71 with 4:18 to go. Ramar Smith finished with 17, and Crews had 10.

JaJuan Smith, who had been averaging 15.2 points, matched his season low with six points for the Vols.

GEORGIA TECH 74, NO. 11 DUKE 63

Ra'Sean Dickey scored a season-high 21 points, Javaris Crittenton made two key baskets down the stretch and host Georgia Tech held on for a rare win over No. 11 Duke, beating the Blue Devils 74-63 on Wednesday night.

Duke (13-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost its second straight, failing to bounce back from a shocking home loss to Virginia Tech, and is off to its worst start in the ACC since 1996.

That same season was also the last time Georgia Tech (12-4, 1-2 ACC) had defeated the Blue Devils at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Duke won 21 of 22 over its conference rival, including five straight, before a loss that sent the Georgia Tech student body charging onto the court.

Jon Scheyer led Duke with 16 points.

Dickey scored Georgia Tech's first 10 points and finished 6-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 at the foul line.

Crittenton had 11 points, but he seemed right in the middle of every big play when it mattered most. After Duke whittled an 11-point deficit down to 55-53, the freshman guard came up with a steal and drove in for a dunk that swung the momentum back to the Yellow Jackets with 3:35 remaining.

After a Duke miss, Crittenton dribbled quickly the other way and flipped a lob pass to Thaddeus Young, who couldn't pull off a spectacular dunk but hit a layup that pushed Georgia Tech to a 59-53 lead.

NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 79, VIRGINIA 69

Tyler Hansbrough had 18 points and No. 1 North Carolina overcame a slow start to beat visiting Virginia.

Freshman Brandan Wright added 16 points for the Tar Heels (15-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from a nine-point deficit in the first half and improved to 11-0 at the Dean Smith Center.

J.R. Reynolds had 15 points, and Sean Singletary and Mamadi Diane scored 14 apiece for Virginia (9-5, 1-1). which went scoreless for nearly 7 minutes down the stretch and lost its second straight since winning three in a row.

NO. 6 KANSAS 87, NO. 9 OKLAHOMA ST. 57

Brandon Rush scored 18 points and Sasha Kaun added a season-high 16, leading host No. 6 Kansas to a victory over No. 9 Oklahoma State.

Darnell Jackson and Sherron Collins added 10 points each for Kansas (14-2, 1-0 Big 12).

Oklahoma State (15-2, 1-1) lost its 32nd straight road game against a top 10 team. The Cowboys shot 32 percent (17-for-53) and committed 20 turnovers, while Kansas had 17 steals, tied for the Jayhawks' second-most in a conference game.

NO. 7 PITTSBURGH 59, DEPAUL 49

Aaron Gray scored 18 points and had seven rebounds to lead No. 7 Pittsburgh to a 59-49 victory over host DePaul.

Leading 33-26 early in the second half, Pittsburgh (15-2, 3-0 Big East) extended its lead by outscoring DePaul 7-0 during a four-minute span. Gray made a layup, then Antonio Graves hit a 3 and Levon Kendall hit a jumper, giving Pitt a 40-26 lead with 12:37 left.

Graves added 10 points for the Panthers, who have won five straight.

Draelon Burns' 3-pointer got DePaul within 48-41 with 3:45 remaining, but Gray and Mike Cook answered for Pitt with four straight free throws.

The Panthers handed DePaul (10-7, 1-2) its first loss at home. Burns led the Blue Demons with 15 points and Wilson Chandler added nine points and eight rebounds.

DePaul shot just 34.5 percent and was 6-for-23 from 3-point range.

MARQUETTE 73, NO. 24 CONNECTICUT 69

Ousman Barro had 17 points and 13 rebounds and visiting Marquette used a 16-2 second-half run to beat No. 24 Connecticut, snapping the Huskies' 31-game home winning streak.

Jerel McNeal had 19 points and Dominic James added 17 for the Golden Eagles (14-4, 1-2 Big East), who had lost their last two games by an average of 13.5 points.

Doug Wiggins had 19 points and Jeff Adrien added 18 for the Huskies (12-3, 1-2), who lost consecutive games for the first time since February 2004. Connecticut lost 66-49 at LSU on Saturday and has dropped three of four since starting the season with 11 straight home wins.

The Huskies' last home loss was to North Carolina at the Hartford Civic Center on Feb. 13, 2005. They had won their last 14 games in on-campus Gampel Pavilion.

Wiggins made two free throws with 10:37 to play to tie the game at 46.

Barro then hit a straightaway bank shot from 18 feet to start the Golden Eagles' big run that gave them a 62-48 lead with 4:40 left.

NO. 25 TEXAS 88, MISSOURI 68

Kevin Durant scored 34 points and host No. 25 Texas ran its winning streak over Missouri to nine, sending the Tigers to an 0-2 start in the Big 12 under first-year coach Mike Anderson.

A.J. Abrams added 16 points for the Longhorns (12-3, 2-0), who hit 12 3-pointers. Marshall Brown scored 24 points, 22 in the second half, to lead Missouri (11-4).

The Tigers haven't beaten the Longhorns since 1999, when Norm Stewart coached his last regular-season game at Missouri, which also happened to be his last career victory.

UIC 73, NO. 12 BUTLER 67

Josh Mayo scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames to a wild victory over No. 12 Butler at the UIC Pavilion.

Butler's A.J. Graves scored a season-high 31 points, 26 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Flames, who led for nearly the entire game.

UIC guard T.J. Gray scored 13 points and hit four straight free throws to ice the victory for the Flames (8-9, 3-1), who beat a ranked team for just the second time in school history.

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