February 9, 2013
The Arkansas rematch in a nutshell
Vanderbilt turned the tables on Arkansas today, beating the Razorbacks in Nashville 67-49. The Commodores had been blown out just three weeks ago in Fayetteville, 56-33, but ensured that Arkansas remained winless on the SEC road this season.
Here's how the game broke down.
Turning pointVanderbilt drove out to a 35-24 first half lead, off of what may have been the best defense the Commodores have played this season. The Razorbacks went into halftime shooting 27 percent, and would have been even further behind had five of their seven made shots not been 3-pointers.
Vanderbilt pushed the lead to 12 at the 16 minute mark on a Kevin Bright free throw. But that's when Arkansas turned up the defensive pressure and appeared ready to make a run.
Again using their full court zone trap press, Arkansas went on an 8-1 run, pulling within 43-38 after two free throws by Rashad Madden.
But Vanderbilt answered. Rod Odom drove the lane and was fouled by Marshawn Powell -- his fourth. That sent Powell to the bench, and Odom rolled in both free throws. Josh Henderson then scored off a wide open slip screen, and then tipped in his own missed layup off a steal by Kyle Fuller, who had batted the ball away from Powell's sub, Hunter Mickelson.
A long Vanderbilt possession ended with a 3 by Kedren Johnson at the top of the key. Six consecutive empty Arkansas possessions were enough to take the wind out of the Razorback's sails. VU eventually stretched the lead out to 20 three times, and 21 once, and coasted in the game's final 90 seconds to the victory.
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