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(14) Vanderbilt 73, Arkansas 78

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#14 VAN (24-5) 36 37 73
ARK (19-9) 40 38 78


4:05 PM ET, March 1, 2008
Bud Walton Arena
Fayetteville, AR

Arkansas hangs on after Vandy calls a timeout they don't have

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Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings calls timeout late in the second half against Arkansas in a basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, March 1, 2008. Arkansas won 78-73. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

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Team Stat Comparison
Points 73 78
FG Made-Attempted 26-60 (.433) 28-48 (.583)
3P Made-Attempted 10-20 (.500) 9-16 (.563)
FT Made-Attempted 11-13 (.846) 13-18 (.722)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (1/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 12
Game Leaders
PointsS. Foster 22S. Weems 20
ReboundsA. Ogilvy 6P. Beverley 7
AssistsJ. Beal 7G. Ervin 7
StealsS. Foster 2D. Townes 3
BlocksA. Ogilvy 2S. Hill 4
 · Team Stats: Vanderbilt | Arkansas
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2007-08 Season
· Mar 1, 2008 @ARK 78, VAN 73Recap | Box Score
Next 5 Games
03/05 MSU 8:00pm
03/08 @ALA 2:00pm
03/04 @MISS 9:00pm
03/08 AUB 6:00pm
 · Complete Schedule: Vanderbilt | Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Vanderbilt's Jermaine Beal made two free throws to pull his team within one -- when suddenly, the Arkansas crowd roared.

Shan's The Man

Shan Foster officially became the best of the best Saturday. The Vandy senior netted 22 points to become the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,895.

Most Career Points
Player Points Seasons
Shan Foster 1,895 '05-Present
Matt Freije 1,891 '01-04
Phil Cox 1,724 '82-85
Ronnie McMahan 1,719 '92-95
Mike Rhodes 1,699 '78-81

Forward Ross Neltner called a timeout the Commodores (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) didn't have with 7.3 seconds remaining Saturday, and Vandy was assessed a technical foul. The mistake helped Arkansas hold on for a 78-73 victory.

"Ross Neltner's not the first guy to do that. He probably won't be the last," Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said. "They certainly wouldn't have 24 wins or have been in a position tonight to win the basketball game if it wasn't for that young man."

Vanderbilt (24-5, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) had won seven straight, including Tuesday night's victory over No. 1 Tennessee.

Shan Foster scored 22 points to become Vandy's career scoring leader. Foster made six 3-pointers and helped keep his team in the game down the stretch. With Arkansas up 69-65, Foster made a high-arching 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:39 remaining. He later made a contested 3 from the left wing to pull his team within one at 72-71.

Sonny Weems made two free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining to make it 74-71, and Arkansas decided to foul rather than let Foster try another 3-pointer.

"He makes you think you should start fouling with 25 seconds. The two he hit were just spectacular plays," Pelphrey said. "The one was so far down in the corner -- he was in the cheerleaders down there."

Beal's free throws made it 74-73, but Arkansas caught a break when Neltner called time. Neltner said coach Kevin Stallings usually saves timeouts for the end -- but that players had been told they had none remaining this time.

"They had reminded us hundreds of times," said Neltner, a senior. "I just forgot."

Weems made both free throws after the technical, then added two more on the ensuing possession. He finished with 20 points.

Arkansas had lost four of five and desperately needed a big win to boost its NCAA Tournament resume. The Razorbacks (19-9, 8-6) led by 12 points early, but the Commodores scored the last eight points of the first half to trail 40-36.

Foster made two 3s early in the second half to give Vandy a 48-47 lead, and it was close the rest of the way.

Arkansas' Patrick Beverley, who had been in a horrendous shooting slump, scored 17 points and went 5-of-7 from 3-point range.

"We understand what kind of place we're in and what it's going to take to make it to the NCAA Tournament," Beverley said. "It was very fun playing today. Give our fans a lot of credit. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have won the basketball game."

The Razorbacks have struggled on the road, but they are still tough to beat at Bud Walton Arena, where they've defeated Mississippi State, Florida and now Vanderbilt this season.

"They've got a lot of talent," Stallings said. "I think if you lined up their talent and lined up our talent, I'm not so sure that most coaches wouldn't take their talent."

A.J. Ogilvy scored 20 points for the Commodores. Neltner finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five turnovers.

The Razorbacks led 70-68 after point guard Gary Ervin made a free throw with 1:27 remaining. Arkansas was then on defense for a full minute as Vandy missed several attempts to tie it. Ervin finally came away with the ball for Arkansas and was fouled with 25 seconds remaining.

"All I can do is sit there and applaud my team," Stallings said. "They kept fighting. Sometimes you can't get the ball in the basket."

Ervin made both free throws to make it 72-68, but Foster's final 3-pointer of the game set up the wild finish.

Foster now has 1,895 points. He passed Matt Freije on the school's career list.

Pelphrey tied an Arkansas record for most wins by a first-year coach. The finish was somewhat reminiscent of the Razorbacks' win over Syracuse in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament. Arkansas won that game in overtime after Syracuse called a timeout it didn't have.

Men's Basketball Scores

Other Scores:

Saturday, March 1st
2 North Carolina 90 Final
Boston College 80
3 Memphis 76 Final
Southern Miss 67
5 Texas 80 Final
Texas Tech 83
6 Duke 87 Final
NC State 86
Kansas State 74 Final
7 Kansas 88
22 Washington St. 53 Final
8 Stanford 60
10 Georgetown 70 Final
21 Marquette 68 OT
George Washington 56 Final
11 Xavier 66
Detroit 31 Final
13 Butler 65
14 Vanderbilt 73 Final
Arkansas 78
West Virginia 71 Final
16 Connecticut 79
Northwestern 43 Final
19 Purdue 68
Wichita State 63 Final
20 Drake 73
23 Saint Mary's 76 Final
Gonzaga 88
24 Kent State 83 Final
Bowling Green 89
Air Force 57 Final
25 Brigham Young 76