January 15, 2009

Stansbury talking Commodores

Rick Stansbury may never forget March 5, 2008.

That's the night he watched Vanderbilt's Shan Foster seeming single-handedly brought his team back scoring 42 points including draining his ninth 3-pointer in overtime to lift the Commodores to a 85-85 win.

"That may have been as tough a loss as I've had in my 10 years as a coach," Stansbury said. "I've been in some tough losses but the reason it was so tough was because we were playing on such a big stage. There were two good teams and it was senior night at Vanderbilt. We were both two Top 25 teams at that point. We were basically playing that for a chance to enter our last game to win the overall SEC Championship."

Stansbury called Foster's 42 point output the single-best performance he has ever been apart of. Foster finished that game 16-of-25 including 9-of-15 behind the arc.

"Our team really played well but that performance was the absolute best single-handed one game performance that I've ever been apart of that Foster put on," Stansbury said. "From that 16 minute mark on I remember it perfectly. He was 9-for-9 in that second half Every shot he made was a crucial shot at certain times of the game. He just made shots just to keep them in it. The game ended when we were up two with the shot clock running out and Foster jumps up from about 25 to 28 feet to win the game on senior night. It was a huge stage, huge game and the best single-game performance I've ever witnessed."

But Foster is gone and now Stansbury will have to get his team prepared for a new group of Commodores that return eight letterwinners for a year ago.

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