Vanderbilt 73, Middle Tennessee State 53 January 4, 2010 • Memorial Gym – Nashville, Tenn. Attendance: 12,383
Starting Lineups • Vanderbilt started senior Jermaine Beal, sophomore Brad Tinsley and sophomore Jeffery Taylor at guard … sophomore Andre Walker started at forward and junior A.J. Ogilvy started at center … It was the ninth time this season and second straight game that Vanderbilt used this starting lineup … Vanderbilt is 6-2 with this starting lineup. • Taylor made his 45th consecutive start and has started every game of his career … Tinsley made the 42nd start of his career and 25th in a row, starting every game since Jan. 31, 2009 at Auburn … After having his streak of 70-straight starts snapped against Western Kentucky on Dec. 11, Beal made the 79th of his career … The start by Walker was the 14th of his career and 13th in 14 games this season … Before this season, his only start was against MTSU on Nov. 24, 2009 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury … Ogilvy started for the second game in a row after not starting the previous four games … Ogilvy made his ninth start of the season and 70th of his career. The Sydney, Australia native has started in 70 of his 77 career games.
Postgame Notes • Vanderbilt improved to 11-3 on the season, while Middle Tennessee State fell to 7-7 … Vanderbilt has now won 13 in a row at Memorial Gym, including all eight games this year … VU’s last home loss was against Florida on Jan. 25, 2009. • Vanderbilt’s 8-0 start to the season is the sixth under Head Coach Kevin Stallings (2007-08, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2001-02, 1999-00). • The 2009-10 season is the 110th in Vanderbilt’s history. • Today’s meeting was the 31st all-time between Vanderbilt and MTSU … Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 27-4 and has won the last three meetings … Vanderbilt is now 15-0 against MTSU at home … Kevin Stallings is 2-0 all-time against MTSU. • Vanderbilt is now 52-15 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt Conference … VU is now 1-1 on the season against teams from the Sun Belt after losing to Western Kentucky on Dec. 11 at the Sommet Center. • With Jermaine Beal’s three-pointer with 13:37 remaining in the first half, Vanderbilt extended its consecutive games streak with at least one three-pointer made to 743 … VU is one of only three schools (UNLV and Princeton) that have made at least one three-pointer in every game played since the three-point line was established for the 1986-87 season … Only UNLV (751) has a longer streak than Vanderbilt. • Vanderbilt had five players reach double figures in scoring for the second time this season (Mercer) … Reaching double figures were Beal, Ezeli, Ogilvy, Jenkins and Taylor). • Vanderbilt has now won four straight games by 20 or more points for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when Vanderbilt also won four consecutive games by at least 20 points … The Commodores have now won the last four games by 134 total points. • Vanderbilt held its fourth straight opponent under 60 points … Vanderbilt held MTSU below 30 points in each half and has now held its opponents to 30 points or less in six straight halves. • Vanderbilt shot 51.0 percent from the floor … It marked the seventh time this season and fourth time in the last five games that VU has shot better than 50% from the field. • Vanderbilt outscored MTSU 31-11 in bench points and 36-26 in points in the paint. • Vanderbilt is 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season. • Vanderbilt has 10 blocks in three straight games (Manhattan, Southern Miss, MTSU) … The 10 blocked is one off from the school record of 11, which Vanderbilt had on Dec. 29, 1994 at Arizona State.
First Half Notes – Vanderbilt 41, MTSU 29 • MTSU scored the first basket of the game before Vanderbilt answered by scoring six straight to take a 6-2 lead with 15:39 to play in the half. • A.J. Ogilvy scored five of VU’s first six points. • With Vanderbilt leading 8-5, Jermaine Beal scored eight straight points for VU to give the Commodores a 16-9 lead at the 12:49 mark. • Leading 20-12, Vanderbilt went on a 9-2 run to extend its lead to 13, 29-16, with 6:22 to play. • Trailing 29-16, MTSU went on a 11-5 run to pull within seven, 34-27, with 3:17 to play in the half. • After MTSU had made a run to pull within seven, Vanderbilt went on a 7-0 run to take a 14-point lead (41-27). • Vanderbilt shot 60.7 percent from the field (17-of-28) in the first half, while MTSU shot 35.5 percent (11-of-31) … It marked the fourth time in the last five games Vanderbilt shot higher than 50 percent in the first half. • The 29-point half by MTSU marked the fifth game in a row VU has held an opponent under 30 points in the first half … It was also the fifth straight half VU has kept an opponent from scoring 30 points in a half. • Ties: 0 • Lead changes: 1 • Largest lead: VU – 14, 1:23; MTSU – 2, 18:27 • Jermaine Beal led Vanderbilt with 11 points at the half … He was 4-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three. • Vanderbilt outscored MTSU 22-10 in the paint and 15-7 in bench points. • Nine VU players scored during the opening half.
Second Half Notes • With Vanderbilt leading 46-36, the Commodores went on an 11-2 run to extend their lead to 19, 57-38, with 11:38 to play. • Leading 51-38, Vanderbilt went on a 6-0 run to take a 19-point lead (57-38) — its largest of the game. • MTSU answered VU’s run with a 9-2 run to cut VU’s lead to 12, 59-47, with 6:03 to play. • After MTSU cut VU’s lead to 12, 59-47, Vanderbilt went on a 9-2 run to take a 68-49 lead with 2:21 to play. • Ties: 0 • Lead changes: 0 • Largest lead: VU – 20, 0:11 in 2nd half; MTSU – N/A • Vanderbilt shot 39.1 percent from the floor (9-of-23) in the half. • MTSU shot 40 percent from the floor (10-of-25) in the half.
Individual Notes • Head Coach Kevin Stallings earned the 200th win at Vanderbilt tonight … He is second in school history in career wins … With the team’s win against Manhattan on Dec. 30, Stallings moved into second place among all-time wins leaders at Vanderbilt, surpassing Bob Polk’s 197 wins … Stallings now has 200 career wins and 131 losses at Vanderbilt … Roy Skinner’s 278 wins is more than any coach in Vanderbilt history. • Jeffery Taylor scored a game-high 14 points to reach double figures for the 10th time this season and 32nd time in his career … It was the sixth time this season Taylor has led the team in scoring … Taylor also tied a season high with four assists. • Jermaine Beal scored all 11 of his points in the first half to reach double figures in scoring for the 11th time this season and 46th time in his career. • A.J. Ogilvy scored 10 points and now has 1,201 for his career, which ranks 25th in school history … With 10 points, he surpassed Joe Ford (1,193) and Jim Henry (1,198) on the scoring list … He now trails Al Rochelle (1,206) for 24th place. … A.J. Ogilvy has scored in double figures in 67 of 77 career games … It was the fifth game in a row that he scored in double figures and the ninth time this season he has accomplished that feat. • John Jenkins scored 13 points to reach double figures in scoring for the ninth time in his career … Jenkins has now scored in double figures in six of the last seven games. • Jenkins made 3-of-6 three-pointers in the game and has now made 63.3 percent (19-of-30) of his three-pointers in the last five games. • Festus Ezeli scored in double digits (10 points) for the third time in his career and second time this season … The 10 points by Ezeli were one off his career high of 11 points scored against Central Arkansas (11/26/08) … Ezeli also scored 10 points against Tennessee State earlier this year. • Festus Ezeli recorded three blocks in a game for the fourth time this season … His career high is four, coming against Manhattan on Dec. 30. The redshirt sophomore has 12 blocks in his last four games. • Jermaine Beal finished the game with three assists and ranks eighth in school history with 361 career assists … Russell Lakey (2000-04) is seventh in school history with 369 assists.