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Vanderbilt 72, Saint Mary's 70

Nov 21, 2009 - 6:49 AM MORAGA, Calif. (AP) -- Jeffery Taylor scored 19 points and Jermaine Beal added 16, leading Vanderbilt to a 72-70 victory over St. Mary's on Friday night in the first meeting between the teams.

Andre Walker had 14 points for the Commodores (2-0).

Omar Samhan scored 25 points and grabbed 18 points for St. Mary's (2-1), and freshman guard Matthew Dellavedova had 19 points.

St. Mary's cut Vanderbilt's lead to 71-70 with 9.3 seconds left when Ben Allen grabbed a loose ball and scored from the key.

After Vanderbilt inbounded the ball, Mickey McConnell quickly fouled Vanderbilt's Brad Tinsley. He made one of two free throws, making it 72-70.

Clint Steindl's 3-point try at the buzzer went in and out, and the Commodores escaped with a victory.

Vanderbilt opened the second half with a 9-0 run, building a 48-39 lead with 17:30 left. Taylor ignited the burst with a fast-break slam after a Gaels turnover. Moments later he had another slam at the end of a break. Walker made it 44-39, scoring inside on yet another fast break.

Samhan finally ended the Gaels' drought with put-back with 16:45 left, but the Commodores went on another run, this time outscoring St. Mary's 9-2 to take a 57-43 lead.

St. Mary's, though, quickly got back into the game. The Gaels sliced Vanderbilt's 14-point lead to just one at 59-58. Dellavedova's high-arcing 3-point shot from well beyond the top of the key made it 59-53. Then McConnell scored from long range, and Samham scored inside.

But Vanderbilt went on a 6-2 spurt and held off the Gaels down the stretch.

Vanderbilt grabbed a 40-39 lead in a back-and-forth first half. Beal led the way with 11 first-half points, while Taylor added 10.

Dellavedova, one of five Australians playing for St. Mary's, took a while to get going in the first half, but he got hot and wound up with 12 first-half points and six assists.

Samham carried the Gaels early, scoring 13 quick points and lifting St. Mary's to a 20-15 lead.

During one two-minute span, Dellavedova drilled long 3-point shot, made a driving lay-in and hit two free throws. That put the Gaels ahead 32-24 with 6:52 left in the half, but the Commodores answered.

Steve Tchiengang scored on a put-back, and then Beal drained a 3-pointer and scored on a back-door layup, cutting the lead to 32-31.

St. Mary's has been tough to beat at home. The Gaels had been 32-2 at McKeon Pavilion over the last three years and 92-31 in coach Randy Bennett's nine-plus seasons. Against non-conference opponents, St. Mary's had had won 26 of its previous 28 home games.








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    VANDERBILT 72
    SAINT MARYS CA 70 FINAL

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    Vanderbilt 71, St. Mary's 70  2nd - 0:15Nov 21 1:19 AM
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    Vanderbilt 71, St. Mary's 68  2nd - 1:41Nov 21 1:14 AM
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    Vanderbilt 65, St. Mary's 62  2nd - 6:05Nov 21 1:04 AM


  • NCAA BB
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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    VANDERBILT 40 40
    SAINT MARY'S 39 39 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    VANDERBILT - JERMAINE BEAL 11, JEFFERY TAYLOR 10,
    ANDRE WALKER 6
    SAINT MARY'S - OMAR SAMHAN 13, MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA 12,
    MICKEY MCCONNELL 7

    Nov 21 12:21 AM