Sacramento: Byars -- "I Didn't Want to Lose"

By Jason Owens - March 17, 2007

"In the first half, I was pushing it a little more. In the second half, I don't know what it was. I didn't want to lose."

That was Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars' explanation for the dramatic turnaround he had in leading the Commodores to their double-overtime win over Washington State. Byars did struggle in the first half, hitting just 2-of-8 field goal attempts for 8 points.

From then on, he was money, hitting 9-of-20 field goals and 5-of-9 3-point attempts for the game, including a number of pressure shots to tally 27 points. He even came up with a big-time block on WSU's Taylor Rochestie at the end of the first overtime.

"He got on track and started making shots," Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said. "He got that look. All of the sudden, the momentum changed for our team."

Now the Commodores have to carry that momentum on to a tough third-round matchup with Georgetown.

Posted by Jason Owens at 08:48 PM on March 17, 2007

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