- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

From combined dispatches


No. 18 Vanderbilt 72, No. 1 Tennessee 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Volunteers found out being No. 1 can be tougher than beating No. 1.

Shan Foster scored 32 points, and the Commodores (24-4, 9-4 SEC) knocked off Tennessee (25-3, 11-2) last night — a day after the Vols moved into the top spot in the rankings for the first time in school history.

The Volunteers beat then No. 1 Memphis on Saturday night 66-62 on the western edge of Tennessee for their ninth straight victory to earn that spot themselves, then had to travel back to the middle part of the state to defend their top ranking for the first time.

Vanderbilt has played host to the No. 1 team nine times in its 56 years at Memorial Gym, and the Commodores improved to 6-3 overall in those games with victories in the past four, including against Florida last year. The Commodores also have won all 18 home games this season and 31 of their last 32.

Jermaine Beal added 17 points and Alex Gordon 11 as Vanderbilt won its seventh straight. The Commodores moved into a tie with Kentucky for second in the SEC East, a mere game behind the Vols with three games to play.

Chris Lofton led Tennessee with 25 points. Tyler Smith, playing with the flu, had 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

No. 12 Indiana 72, Ohio State 69

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Armon Bassett scored 23 points and Eric Gordon added 17 to lead the Hoosiers (24-4, 13-2 Big Ten) past the Buckeyes (17-11, 8-7) for Dan Dakich’s first coaching victory at Assembly Hall.

Dakich replaced Kelvin Sampson as Indiana’s coach Friday after Sampson resigned amid a phone call scandal. Dakich barely won his first game Saturday night at Northwestern. But after 410 games as an Indiana assistant and one road game as a coach, he finally won one in Bloomington.

The Buckeyes were led by Kosta Koufos with 21 points. Ohio State lost its third straight and has lost five of seven.

No. 15 UConn 79, Rutgers 61

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jeff Adrien scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Huskies (22-6, 11-4 Big East) to a victory over the Scarlet Knights (10-19, 2-14) for Connecticut’s 11th win in 12 games.

Stanley Robinson, who had 13 rebounds, and Craig Austrie both added 18 points for Connecticut, which moved one game ahead of Marquette in fourth place in the Big East Conference, the last spot that secures a first-round bye in the league’s tournament.

Missouri State 86, No. 20 Drake 83

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Deven Mitchell scored 20 points, and the Bears (15-15, 7-10 Missouri Valley) closed the John Q. Hammons Student Center with one of the most impressive victories in school history, holding off the Bulldogs (24-4, 13-3).

Missouri State broke out to big leads early in each half, then withstood a barrage of 3-pointers by Drake to beat the Bulldogs for the seventh straight time at home. Dale Lamberth added 16 points, and the Bears shot 59 percent, making just enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the charging Bulldogs.


Pittsburgh 77, No. 13 West Virginia 75 (OT)

PITTSBURGH — Shavonte Zellous scored 29 points to help the Panthers (19-8, 9-5 Big East) beat the Mountaineers (22-5, 11-3) in overtime, ending a four-game losing streak.

LaQuita Owens missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer of overtime. Chakhia Cole tied the game with 9.9 seconds left in regulation, and Pittsburgh had a chance for one last shot, but Mallorie Winn’s 3-pointer missed.

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