Another overtime loss, more lost leads for Vanderbilt

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:44pm
Staff reports

John Jenkins scored a game-high 27 points but Vanderbilt blew leads of nine points in regulation and five points in overtime in a 62-60 loss at Louisville on Friday.

Jenkins scored the first five points of the extra period and tied it with a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds to go. Louisville’s Peyton Siva answered, though, with a game-winning layup with 1.4 seconds remaining.

The contest between top 20 teams — Vanderbilt was ranked 20th, Louisville was ranked sixth — was part of the 2011 SEC/Big East Challenge.

It also was the Commodores’ second overtime loss in as many games. They fell 82-70 to Xavier at home on Monday.

Louisville outscored Vanderbilt 9-3 over the final 1:29.

The Cardinals (7-0) had an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation, but Chane Behanan missed a layup as time expired.

The Commodores (5-3) led 43-34 after a Jenkins jumper with 8:50 to play but made just one field goal, a Brad Tinsley 3-pointer, the rest of regulation. Tinsley, Lance Goulbourne and Steve Tchiengang combined for four free throws on eight attempts over the final 4:12. Tchiengang scored the final point of regulation — his only point — with 42 seconds left.

For the game, Vanderbilt was just 14 for 24 (58.3 percent) from the line. Goulbourne accounted for half of the attempts and makes. He and Jeffery Taylor each finished with 11 points.

All five Vanderbilt starters played at least 40 minutes Jenkins, Taylor and Goulbourne were the only ones who scored in the first half, which ended with the Commodores on top 26-25.

They did not make a field goal until Jenkins’ 3-pointer 5:08 into the contest. That one tied it at 5-5.

Neither team led by more than four through the opening 20 minutes.

Kyle Kuric led Louisville with 15 points. Siva and Behanan each added 14.

5 Comments on this post:

By: political1iam on 12/2/11 at 11:33

Another example of the lack of coaching and character with this team. I've seen more backbone in a plate of spagehtti.

By: spooky24 on 12/3/11 at 4:23

Live and die with the 3 point shot. You would think with all that talent they could come up with better offensive plan than just gunning it..


By: sharko20 on 12/3/11 at 9:24

The lost is disappointing, but I thought they looked tired with no subs from the bench. I don't think they make some of those mistakes at the end of the game if they weren't exhausted. Louisville played a very aggressive game.

Thanks again City Paper for not going all Facebook on your readers/comment posters.

Bye bye Tennesssean!

By: TITAN1 on 12/3/11 at 8:03

Why don't you like the face book layout?

By: shinestx on 12/4/11 at 12:38

Obviously Vandy should not be ranked. They haven't beaten a ranked team yet.