Colonials Fall To Sixth-Seeded Vanderbilt In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

March 15, 2007

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Vanderbilt unveiled a top talent to the nation in a win over George Washington - and it wasn't Derrick Byars, the SEC's player of the year.

Shan Foster scored 18 points and led Vanderbilt's defensive effort in a 77-44 victory over George Washington in the East Regional on Thursday.

Vanderbilt (21-11) will face Washington State in the second round Saturday after the Commodores' victory in their first NCAA tournament game since 2004, when they reached the round of 16.

And Vandy did it with defense: George Washington (23-9) missed its first six shots and didn't get a field goal for nearly 6 1/2 minutes. The Colonials then endured another 11 1/2-minute stretch without a basket, falling behind by 29 late in the first half.

"They knocked down all of their shots, moved the ball well, and we weren't reacting quick enough," said Carl Elliott, who finished with eight points. "That got us behind."

Foster's play in a 10-second span epitomized Vandy's performance: He blocked Maureece Rice's jump shot, ran the floor and coolly hit a 3-pointer on the other end.

Foster, a junior who made the all-conference second team in Byars' shadow, had as many field goals as George Washington for most of the first 30 minutes. He also shadowed Rice, holding the Colonials' leading scorer without a point until midway through the second half.

Rice scored three points on 1-for-9 shooting for George Washington, which won eight straight games and the Atlantic 10 tournament to earn its third straight NCAA bid.



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