Arkansas takes out Vandy, 81-75

AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - Darian Townes and Gary Ervin each scored 18
points and Arkansas dominated No. 18 Vanderbilt inside, winning
81-75 Friday to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament
The Razorbacks (21-10) rolled to a 45-24 rebounding edge and
outscored the Commodores 50-20 in the paint. They will play No. 4
Tennessee in the next round.
Alex Gordon led Vanderbilt (26-7) with 22 points. He had two
3-pointers and another long jumper in the final minute. Shan
Foster, the SEC's leader with 20.6 points per game, was held to 14.
The Commodores rallied to tie it twice in the second half, the
last time at 58-58 on a 3-pointer by Gordon. But Ervin answered
with back-to-back baskets, including a 3.
The Razorbacks made 10 of 12 free throws in the final minute.
Charles Thomas finished with 13 points for Arkansas, which has
won eight of the last nine in the series, including a home win over
Vanderbilt on March 1. Arkansas also beat Vanderbilt in last year's
Patrick Beverley and Stefan Welsh had 11 points apiece for the
Vanderbilt had only nine field goals in the first half but
stayed close with a 16-3 advantage in made free throws. Arkansas
led 40-36 at the break on the strength of its 28-12 advantage in
the paint.
The Razorbacks lost 93-71 to Tennessee on Feb. 13. The
Volunteers advanced to the tourney semis with an 89-87 victory over
South Carolina on Friday.

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