Vanderbilt overpowers smaller South Carolina
Associated Press
Sunday, January 17, 2010

COLUMBIA --- It's been 20 years since Vanderbilt opened the Southeastern Conference on this kind of run.

A.J. Ogilvy thinks his Commodores are ready to make even more history this season.

Vanderbilt won its eighth in a row and improved to 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since the 1989-90 season with an 89-79 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

"We've got a good team and (we've been) able to come out and prove that the past couple of weeks," Ogilvy said. "Three-and-0. We haven't seen that before. I think that shows the caliber of this team."

The 6-foot-11 junior also showed off his skills, scoring 18 of 22 points after halftime as Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-0) won, despite a season-high 35 points from South Carolina star Devan Downey.

Ogilvy was too much for the depleted Gamecocks to contain underneath.

He made 7 of 8 shots from the floor and 8 of 13 from the foul line.

Vanderbilt had beaten South Carolina six of the past seven times they've met.

"We've been saying for weeks now how important it is with our team that everybody play well for us to have a chance to win ball games," Gamecocks coach Darrin Horn said. "Tonight, that wasn't the case."

Downey finished two points shy of his career best of 37.

From the Sunday, January 17, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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