Vanderbilt Upsets Xavier in Overtime
Trailing by 13 points early in the 2nd half, Vanderbilt dug in deep and fought their way all the way back and took the Musketeers into overtime where the Dores eventually defeated Xavier 66-64.
Heading up to Cincinnati, OH the Dores was coming in with a 2-4 record and no one thought they could let alone stay close but eventually win the game. Led by the Commodores backcourt, Jr G Kyle Fuller (25 points) and Soph G Kedren Johnson (19 points) put on a show and was the key factors towards the Dores coming out with a win.
It was by far the best shooting and overall playing performance on the year for Vanderbilt. They kept the game close in the 1st half and went into halftime only trailing by 6 points.
Quickly the Dores went into a hole trailing by 13 early in the 2nd half. After falling behind, Vanderbilt’s guards and the rest of the team began to play with more purpose and play like an actual basketball team.
After Vanderbilt was able to bring the game closer both teams began to go back and forth with leads and neither team wanted to take the game into their own hands. Missed free throw after free throw kept the game within winning distance for both teams and the inevitable of going to overtime was coming true.
The overtime period was all Kyle Fuller. He had 13 points going into overtime but became the main offensive threat for the Dores where he scored all 12 points for Vanderbilt in the extra period.
Fuller made several darting layups to the goal and was put on the line deep in the game to seal the win for the Dores. He was given two free throws with 5 seconds remaining to put the game away but missed both.
One last desperation shot for the Musketeers from G Dee Davis was unsuccessful and Vanderbilt had came into Cintas Center in Cincinnati and stunned the Xavier crowd with a win.
It was a big win for a team that is so young and lite on experience. Beating a perennial NCAA tournament team in Xavier is a big measuring stick for a team still looking for an identity and Thursday night was a great time to start searching for just that.
The Dores are now 3-4 on the young season but having a win over Xavier should be a game Vanderbilt looks back on and says that they can compete with good teams and they can win on the road. A young team always looks for that moment to begin feeling good about themselves and beating Xavier could be that moment.