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Vandy topples No. 1 Vols

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Vanderbilt’s Shan Foster, who scored a game-high 32, shoots over Ramar Smith. The Commodores have won seven straight.

Associated Press Vanderbilt’s Shan Foster, who scored a game-high 32, shoots over Ramar Smith. The Commodores have won seven straight.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Shan Foster scored 32 and No. 18 Vanderbilt knocked off Tennessee 72-69 Tuesday night, a day after the Vols moved into the top spot in the rankings for the first time.

Vanderbilt has hosted the No. 1 team nine times in its 56 years at Memorial Gym, and the Commodores are 6-3 in those games.

Vanderbilt, motivated by a loud sellout crowd, won its seventh straight and is tied with Kentucky for second in the SEC East, one game behind the Vols with three to play.

Chris Lofton led Tennessee with 25 points. Tyler Smith, playing with the flu, had 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Wayne Chism, who had 18 points and 18 rebounds when Tennessee beat Vanderbilt in Knoxville 80-60 last month, had four points and four rebounds.

Top 25

NO. 12 INDIANA 72, OHIO ST. 69: Armon Bassett scored 23 and Eric Gordon added 17 to lead the host Hoosiers for Dan Dakich's first coaching victory at Assembly Hall.

Dakich replaced Kelvin Sampson Friday, after Sampson resigned in a phone-call scandal.

Some fans had signs "Dan Dakich 4 Prez." Another showed support for Sampson: "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."

Indiana hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:02.

"Obviously, we love Coach Sampson and only wish him the best," said guard Armon Bassett, who had a game-high 23 points, shooting 7 of 11. "But we're at the top of the Big Ten, so we have no choice but to get used to it.''

"This isn't about my stamp or anything like that," Dakich said afterward. "This is about these players and what they had in front of them before last Friday."

Kent Benson, a star on Indiana's undefeated team in 1976, returned after promising not to come back to Assembly Hall until Sampson was gone.

"They made the right decision getting rid of Sampson," he said. "Now we can move ahead with the integrity and character that Indiana basketball is all about."

Missouri St. 86, NO. 20 DRAKE 83: Deven Mitchell scored 20 and the host Bears held on. Trailing by 17, the Bulldogs made six 3-pointers in a span of four minutes, but Mitchell stole a final long inbounds pass to clinch it.

Big East

NO. 15 UCONN 79, RUTGERS 61: Jeff Adrien scored a career-high 27 and added 11 rebounds for the visiting Huskies, who have won 11 of their past 12.


Virginia TECH 67, BC 48: Hokies coach Seth Greenberg inspired his players with a pregame quote from former Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes: "Nothing cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.'' Then host Virginia Tech used an 18-4 run to win its third straight.


Pitt 77, No. 13 West Va. 75, OT: Shavonte Zellous scored 29 for the Panthers. LaQuita Owens missed a 3-pointer for the Mountaineers as overtime ended.

STRINGER GOES FOR 800: Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer can join Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt as women's coaches to win 800 games tonight against DePaul. Five Division I men's coaches have reached 800.

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