Louisville guts out OT win against VandyDec 3, 2011 - 6:12 AM Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Peyton Siva cut through the lane for the game-winning layup with 1.4 seconds left in overtime, delivering sixth-ranked Louisville a 62-60 triumph over No. 20 Vanderbilt as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge.
Kyle Kuric canned a big three-pointer in the extra session and finished with a team-high 15 points for the Cardinals (7-0), who received 14 points apiece from Siva and Chane Behanan.
John Jenkins scored 27 for the Commodores (5-3), who have lost two straight in OT. Vandy, which fell to Xavier on Monday, wasted a five-point lead in overtime on Friday.
Kuric's high-arcing three from the left corner brought Louisville within 58-57 with 59.5 seconds left. Brad Tinsley countered with one free throw to tie it, but Kuric drained a jumper from the left elbow with 33.1 on the clock.
Kuric then fouled Jenkins while going for a steal, and two made free throws evened the game with 12.2 seconds left.
That's when Siva dribbled past Lance Goulbourne into the lane for the go-ahead bucket.
"It's my fault," Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said. "We misplayed the last play. We knew what they were going to do and we should've played that differently. That's my one regret of the game."
Vandy's ensuing long inbounds pass was deflected away.
"We didn't play great offense, but that was due to their terrific defense," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "This team - since 1987, never have I had this much fun coaching the last two years. This team epitomizes everything you want in a team in terms of rooting for each other and not giving up."
Each team had a good opportunity to win in the final minute of regulation. Steve Tchiengang made 1-of-2 free throws to tie it at 50 apiece. The second attempt was off the mark, but Vandy kept the ball after the Cardinals failed to cleanly get the rebound. Tinsley, though, threw the ball away with 31.8 seconds left.
With time winding down, Behanan got two defenders in the air, but missed a layup before the regulation buzzer went off.
The visitors held a 26-25 lead at the half and Vandy opened a 43-34 lead with 8:49 left in regulation on a Jenkins jumper.
This was Vanderbilt's first true road game of the season...Vanderbilt center Josh Henderson will miss eight to 12 weeks due to a stress fracture in his left foot. Henderson, who was averaging three points and also three rebounds a contest, will have surgery next week...Behanan had 10 of Louisville's 37 rebounds...The Cardinals have won 15 consecutive games at the KFC Yum! Center.
- VANDERBILT: 60
Final - OT
Dec 2 11:24 PM
- VANDERBILT: 50
End of Regulation
Dec 2 11:05 PM
- VANDERBILT: 26
Dec 2 9:54 PM
- VANDERBILT: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Dec 2 9:09 PM
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