University of Louisville

Peyton Siva's layup in OT lifts UofL over Vandy

Louisville's Peyton Siva, left, looks for help from the defense of Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Vanderbilt 62-60.
Louisville's Peyton Siva, left, looks for help from the defense of Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Vanderbilt 62-60.

LOUISVILLE — Peyton Siva's slashing drive to the basket with 1.4 seconds left in overtime was the game-winner as Louisville edged Vanderbilt 62-60 Friday night in a nationally televised Big East/SEC Challenge matchup.

The sixth-ranked Cardinals (7-0) extended their home-floor winning streak to 15 games. Overall, they are 25-2 in their second season in the KFC Yum Center.

The win also marks the first time U of L has put together back-to-back 7-0 starts. Last year, the Cards won their first eight games.

U of L nearly won at the buzzer in regulation, when Siva dished to Chane Behanan on the low post. But the freshman's shot didn't fall.

"I got it to Chane. I was confident in my freshman — he's a big-time player," Siva said. "He didn't make the shot. I told him 'don't worry about it; we'll keep going, we're going to keep playing.' He stepped up big for us in the second half. He got some key buckets and key stops.

"In overtime, Coach P (Rick Pitino) told me to quit shooting threes and attack the basket. He told me to be more like (Maurice) Cheeks, the professional. The last play, I was like, 'God, just watch over me.' The whole time I was just praying. ... I got to the lane, they didn't step up — they played Chane — and I made a layup."

No. 20 Vandy (5-3) dropped its second straight game. Xavier beat the Commodores 82-70 in overtime Monday.

U of L also made it a Friday sweep for the Big East, completing a night on which Syracuse beat Florida, Cincinnati edged Georgia and Seton Hall topped Auburn.

Siva finished with 14 points, one less than Kyle Kuric. Behanan also scored 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

U of L shot 25-for-60 (41.7 percent) from the field, but outscored Vandy 32-14 in the paint, 20-15 on points off turnovers, 12-9 on second-chance points, 6-4 on breaks and 7-2 off the bench.

"We didn't play great offense," Pitino said, "but that was due to their terrific defense."

John Jenkins led Vandy with 27 points. Lance Goulbourne and Jeffery Taylor scored 11 each.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-4 junior, got Vandy off and running in overtime with a three-point shot and two free throws for a 55-50 lead.

U of L rallied with a three-point play by Behanan.

Two free throws by Vandy's Goulbourne and U of L's Behanan made it 57-55 for the visitors.

U of L took a 58-57 lead when Kuric, urged by Pitino, drained a three-pointer from the corner with 59.5 seconds left.

A Brad Tinsley free throw tied the game.

Kuric scored for U of L with 33 seconds left, but Vandy tied on a pair of Jenkins free throws at 12.2.

Siva then waited for the clock to tick down, drove the lane and flipped in his game winner.

"As average as we played offensively, at the end of the game — the last five minutes and overtime — we played great offensively," Pitino said.

After a timeout, Behanan knocked away a full-court Vandy pass to end the game.

Jenkins scored half of Vandy's points en route to a 26-25 halftime lead. Taylor and Goulbourne were the only other Commodores to score in the half, netting eight and five, respectively.

Kuric led U of L with eight points and Siva had six.

Tied at 49, both teams went 1-for-2 at the free-throw line in the final 60 seconds — Gorgui Dieng for U of L and Steve Tchiengang for Vandy.

U of L had a last shot to win in regulation.

Siva dished to Behanan on the low post, but his shot wouldn't fall and Tchiengang grabbed the rebound as the horn sounded.

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