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Arkansas routs Vandy 84-48 to add to Dores' season of misery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Arkansas Razorbacks didn't want to become the first Southeastern Conference team to lose to Vanderbilt, and they turned in a dominating performance that left the Commodores coach apologizing.

Daniel Gafford scored 20 points, and Arkansas routed Vanderbilt 84-48 Wednesday night to seal the Commodores' worst season ever.

''We weren't nervous,'' Gafford said. ''We made a mindset to where we weren't going to be the first loss or the first win, so we came in and did what we had to do to prevent that.''

The Commodores (9-21, 0-17 Southeastern Conference) now have the most losses in school history, and they wrapped up their home schedule at 8-10 for the first losing record in 67 seasons at Memorial Gym. A loss Saturday night to No. 10 LSU would make Vanderbilt the first SEC team to go winless in league play since Georgia Tech went 0-14 in 1953-54.

''It hurts of course,'' Vanderbilt freshman Aaron Nesmith said. ''Everybody on the team's hurting, everybody on the staff's hurting.''

Arkansas (16-14, 7-10) now has won two straight after snapping its own six-game skid. The Razorbacks also have won four straight against Vanderbilt, sweeping the season series after taking the first game between these teams 69-66 in Arkansas.

Mason Jones added 16 points for the Razorbacks. Isaiah Joe had 12, and Desi Sills 11.

This game was only that close at halftime with Arkansas up 29-25. The Razorbacks outscored Vanderbilt 23-4 over the first 11 minutes of the second half, taking advantage of the Commodores' worst shooting performance this season. They went 17 minutes, 35 seconds between field goals and shot a season-low 29.6 percent.

''Our defense was really good, and once our defense was going, we obviously started to execute offensively and then we made some shots,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.

Nesmith led Vandy with 11 points as the Commodores also suffered through their widest margin of defeat this season. That's why coach Bryce Drew started off apologizing to every Vanderbilt fan and those inside Memorial for the result.

''I apologize for our ball-handling, our shooting and our passing,'' Drew said. ''The fundamentals of basketball. Those are three things we have to get better at.''

Vanderbilt appeared ready to end their painful skid as they opened the game with a 12-2 run and led 15-5 on a 3-pointer by Maxwell Evans with 13:17 left. Then the Commodores didn't hit another field goal the rest of the first half, missing their last 16 shots. Their first made field goal in the second half was a goaltending call on a jumper by Simisola Shittu with 15:42 to go before Aaron Nesmith finally scored on a layup with 12:49 left.

Arkansas shook off its own poor shooting after missing five of its first six. After that, it was a fairly easy night for the Razorbacks as they took the lead with their first 23-4 run of the game.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas: Joe made four 3s to give him 104 this season and the school record for a single season, passing Scotty Thurman who made 102 in 1995. ... The Razorbacks finished the game hitting their last 11 shots and finished at 52.6 percent (30 of 57).

Vanderbilt: At least the Commodores have managed to remain one of only three schools to knock down a 3 in every game since the 3-point line was added in the 1986-87 season. Senior Joe Toye, getting the start, hit a 3 for the game's opening bucket to extend the streak to 1,061 consecutive games with a made 3.

UGLY NUMBERS

The Commodores had 23 turnovers, and Arkansas scored 33 points off those mistakes. The Razorbacks had just one of their 11 turnovers after halftime. They also outshot Vanderbilt outside the arc, going 11 of 18 (61.1 percent). Anderson called the points off turnovers a big key.

''We chart deflections, we had 21 at halftime so that tells me we were active and we ended up with 40 for the game,'' Anderson said. ''But we not only touched it, we came up with them, so that's huge.''

UP NEXT

Arkansas: Hosts Alabama on Saturday.

Vanderbilt: Visiting No. 10 LSU on Saturday night.

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Key Players
J. Harris
S. Lee
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
12.7 Pts. Per Game 12.7
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
34.6 Field Goal % 44.8
12.5 Three Point % 34.4
68.8 Free Throw % 68.5
+ 2 Simi Shittu made layup, assist by Maxwell Evans 7.0
+ 3 Jonathan Holmes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 21.0
  Lost ball turnover on Yanni Wetzell, stolen by Gabe Osabuohien 29.0
  Offensive rebound by Yanni Wetzell 36.0
  Maxwell Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
+ 1 Ty Stevens made free throw 45.0
  Shooting foul on Saben Lee 45.0
+ 2 Ty Stevens made layup, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 45.0
+ 3 Maxwell Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Simi Shittu 1:08
+ 2 Keyshawn Embery-Simpson made layup, assist by Mason Jones 1:24
+ 3 Joe Toye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Maxwell Evans 1:45
Team Stats
Points 84 48
Field Goals 30-57 (52.6%) 16-54 (29.6%)
3-Pointers 11-18 (61.1%) 6-27 (22.2%)
Free Throws 13-20 (65.0%) 10-16 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 32 39
Offensive 8 15
Defensive 21 17
Team 3 7
Assists 18 11
Steals 10 3
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 10 21
Fouls 17 19
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 4 REB
11 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo Arkansas 16-14 295584
home team logo Vanderbilt 9-21 252348
Team Stats
away team logo Arkansas 16-14 75.3 PPG 37.1 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Vanderbilt 9-21 68.1 PPG 38.8 RPG 11.6 APG
Key Players
00
D. Gafford F PPG RPG APG FG%
24
A. Nesmith F 11.0 PPG 5.5 RPG 1.4 APG 39.2 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Gafford F 20 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
A. Nesmith F 11 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
52.6 FG% 29.6
61.1 3PT FG% 22.2
65.0 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gafford 20 4 0 8/11 0/0 4/7 2 27 0 4 1 0 4
I. Joe 12 2 1 4/7 4/6 0/0 3 20 1 0 1 0 2
D. Sills 11 2 4 3/5 3/3 2/4 1 23 1 0 2 1 1
J. Harris 4 4 4 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 28 0 0 1 1 3
G. Osabuohien 0 7 3 0/5 0/1 0/0 2 24 2 0 1 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gafford 20 4 0 8/11 0/0 4/7 2 27 0 4 1 0 4
I. Joe 12 2 1 4/7 4/6 0/0 3 20 1 0 1 0 2
D. Sills 11 2 4 3/5 3/3 2/4 1 23 1 0 2 1 1
J. Harris 4 4 4 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 28 0 0 1 1 3
G. Osabuohien 0 7 3 0/5 0/1 0/0 2 24 2 0 1 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 16 6 5 4/10 3/6 5/6 1 25 3 0 2 2 4
R. Chaney 7 4 0 3/5 0/0 1/2 2 15 0 1 1 1 3
A. Bailey 4 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 2 0 0 0
K. Embery-Simpson 4 0 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 20 2 0 1 0 0
J. Holmes 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Stevens 3 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Henderson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. Garland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Obukwelu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 29 18 30/57 11/18 13/20 17 200 10 7 10 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Nesmith 11 6 0 4/13 1/8 2/2 3 36 0 1 3 2 4
S. Shittu 8 3 2 4/7 0/0 0/2 2 23 0 0 7 1 2
J. Toye 6 0 0 2/14 2/10 0/0 1 33 0 2 1 0 0
S. Lee 4 3 4 2/8 0/2 0/4 3 37 1 0 4 1 2
C. Brown 0 4 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 5 15 0 0 2 3 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Nesmith 11 6 0 4/13 1/8 2/2 3 36 0 1 3 2 4
S. Shittu 8 3 2 4/7 0/0 0/2 2 23 0 0 7 1 2
J. Toye 6 0 0 2/14 2/10 0/0 1 33 0 2 1 0 0
S. Lee 4 3 4 2/8 0/2 0/4 3 37 1 0 4 1 2
C. Brown 0 4 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 5 15 0 0 2 3 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Y. Wetzell 7 11 1 2/6 1/2 2/2 4 29 1 0 4 7 4
M. Moyer 6 5 0 0/1 0/1 6/6 0 13 0 0 0 1 4
M. Evans 6 0 3 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 12 1 0 0 0 0
I. Rice 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Hunt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ryan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Obinna - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 48 32 11 16/54 6/27 10/16 19 200 3 3 21 15 17