NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rod Odom scored 15 points, and the Vanderbilt Commodores beat Arkansas 67-49 Saturday to snap a four-game losing skid and get a bit of payback for one of their ugliest losses this season.
Vanderbilt (9-13, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) managed only 11 points by halftime and matched a season-low in points while losing 56-33 to Arkansas on Jan. 12 in Fayetteville. This time, the Commodores held Arkansas to a season low in scoring. They also built their biggest halftime lead in SEC play at 35-24 and finally protected a lead by finishing off the win.
Sheldon Jeter added 13 points and Josh Henderson had 11.
Arkansas (14-9, 5-5) failed to follow up its 80-69 upset of No. 2 Florida on Tuesday night, and the Razorbacks still remain winless this season in true road games. They've lost all six, including their first four league games.
Mardracus Wade led Arkansas with 13 points. Marshawn Powell played only three minutes of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, and the junior forward who had been averaging 15.1 points a game finished with five points before fouling out with 3:20 to go.
This was the Razorbacks' worst shooting game this season, too, hitting just 30.8 percent (16 of 52). They managed only one field goal after Rashad Madden's layup with 5:52 left, and Kikko Haydar's 3 came way too late with 31.8 seconds left.
Vanderbilt hit 50 percent (21 of 42) in building its lead to as much as 21 in the final minute. The Commodores also outrebounded Arkansas (35-30).
The Razorbacks led only briefly and early. When Odom hit Vandy's first field goal at the 13:47 mark on a jumper off his own miss, that gave the Commodores their first lead at 7-6. Hunter Mickelson hit two free throws to put Arkansas back up before Henderson scored back-to-back buckets. Haydar's 3 tied it up at 11, and that was the closest the Razorbacks would get the rest of the way.
Vandy scored the next 10 points as Jeter put the Commodores ahead to stay with consecutive 3-pointers and a pair of free throws. This time, it was the Razorbacks' turn to struggle shooting. They missed eight straight shots early in the half and went more than five minutes between field goals before Michael Qualls finally connected on a layup with 6:28 remaining.
Vanderbilt answered with seven straight points, and Kyle Fuller pushed the lead to as much as 15 twice.
The Razorbacks opened the second half hitting six of their first eight shots. Madden's two free throws pulled Arkansas within 43-38 with 11:45 left, and that was as close as the Razorbacks could get.
The Commodores, who blew an 11-point lead in their last home game against Alabama with 7 minutes to play, answered with nine straight points. The last was a 3-pointer by Kedren Johnson, Vandy's leading scorer, who hurt his right shoulder with 18:41 left. He finished with nine points, all in the second half.
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