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Vanderbilt rallies to edge South Carolina

Jan 12, 2007 - 3:16 AM COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- A big comeback helped Vanderbilt avert a second straight defeat.

Dee Davis hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds to play to rally the 12th-ranked Commodores to a 67-66 Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina.

Vanderbilt (15-2, 2-1 SEC) trailed by 13 points with 8:56 remaining and were behind, 64-55, when South Carolina's Lakesha Tolliver hit a jumper with 4:20 to play.

The Commodores turned up the defense, limiting the Gamecocks (10-7, 0-2) to a pair of free throws the rest of the way and pulling within 66-65 on two free throws by Carla Thomas with 39 seconds left.

After Davis gave Vandy its first lead of the game, Tolliver missed a jumper to win it with three seconds left.

Thomas scored 26 points to pace the Commodores, who made just 10-of-21 free throws and were outrebounded, 44-30.

Stacey Booker had 14 points and Lauren Simms 11 for the Gamecocks, who turned the ball over 27 times.