No. 20 Vanderbilt Slips Past DePaul In OT

Commodores overcome 18 point deficit in second half


Dec. 12, 2007

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -Shan Foster and A.J. Ogilvy came through after struggling most of the night, and No. 20 Vanderbilt rallied for a 91-85 overtime win over DePaul on Wednesday night to remain undefeated.

At 10-0, Vanderbilt is off to its best start since the 2003-04 team won its first 12. But this one didn't come easily.

The Commodores trailed 58-40 early in the second half, but came roaring back. They finally tied it at 79 when Ross Neltner whipped a pass to Ogilvy underneath for a layup with 22 seconds left in regulation.

The game went to overtime after DePaul's Draelon Burns missed a wild baseline jumper in the closing seconds.

Ogilvy's dunk gave Vanderbilt an 82-81 lead with 3:39 left in the extra period and Foster's 3-pointer with just more than two minutes remaining made it 85-81.

After Burns' layup pulled DePaul to 87-85 with 28 seconds left, Ogilvy sprinted the other way for a dunk. Vanderbilt's Jermaine Beal then hit two free throws to make it 91-85 with 13 seconds left.

The SEC's top two scorers, Foster and Ogilvy were non-factors for most of the night, but both finished with 19 points.

Burns led DePaul (2-4) with 24 points, while Mac Koshwal scored 21.

It was a disappointing loss for DePaul, coming off an 84-66 thumping at No. 3 Kansas.

The Blue Demons were leading 58-40 after Cliff Clinscales connected with a cutting Dar Tucker for an alley-oop dunk 4:45 into the second half. That drew a roar from the crowd and, apparently, woke up Vanderbilt.

The Commodores pulled to 74-70 on a two-handed dunk by Ogilvy with three minutes left in regulation, before consecutive layups by the Blue Demons' Koshwal and Burns made it 78-70 with 2:12 left.

But Vanderbilt wasn't finished.

A 3-pointer by Foster made it 79-75 with 1:00 left, and two free throws by Alex Gordon made it a two-point game with 41.6 seconds remaining. DePaul's Burns then had to call two timeouts - first after being trapped and then when he couldn't find an open man on the inbounds.

Burns finally found Karron Clarke breaking toward the basket, but Clarke missed two free throws with 33.1 seconds left.

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