Vanderbilt-Auburn notes

Jan. 7, 2012

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Vanderbilt 65, Auburn 35
January 7, 2012 * Memorial Gymnasium - Nashville, TN
Attendance: 13,473

Starting Lineup:

Post-Game Notes:

  • Vanderbilt moves to 82-31 in the all-time series against Auburn, and starts the SEC component of their season 1-0.
  • Kevin Stallings is now 247-152 (13) at Vanderbilt, 370-215 (18) in his career, and 11-5 against Auburn.
  • Vanderbilt held Auburn to 35 points--the lowest opponent point total in last few years. The last time Vandy held an opponent to 40 points or less was vs. Georgia (40) on Jan. 14, 2009.
  • This marked the largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent since 93-52 victory over Kentucky on Feb. 12, 2008.  Largest SEC win last year was 21 (90-69) at LSU (2/26/11). 
  • The `Dores held Auburn to 27.3% shooting from the field. The lowest opponent FG% on the season before this game was 32.2% by Marquette (12/29/11). The last time VU held a team to under 30% shooting from the field was vs. Davidson (29.3%) on Jan. 2, 2011.
  • Auburn went 2-10 from the charity stripe, making it the first time a team has shot less than 50% from the line against Vanderbilt since Arkansas (45%) on Feb. 27, 2010.
  • Vanderbilt outrebounded Auburn, 42-34, and moves to 10-1 on the season when doing so.
  • Vanderbilt's largest lead came at 4:19 in the second half and the final margin -30 points.

First-half Notes:

  • The `Dores won the opening tip. They're now 10-3 on the season when winning the tip, and have only lost the tip twice.
  • The Commodores went on an unanswered 8-0 run in the first half to pull away early.
  • Vanderbilt kept Auburn to the lowest-scoring first half by an opponent all season with only 19 points.
  • VU was lights out from the floor in the opening period.  The team went 12-24 for all field goals (50%) and was a staggering 56.3% from three-point range (56.3%).
  • Taylor and Tinsley led the scoring charge for the `Dores in the first half with 10 points apiece.

Second-half Notes:

  • The `Dores opened the second half with a 14-2 run.
  • Vanderbilt held Auburn to only 7-27 from the floor in the second half (25.9%) and 20% from beyond the arc (1-5).

Individual Notes:

  • Ezeli got his second starting nod this season. He led the team with a season-best eight rebounds, and added four points and a pair of blocks.
  • Jenkins led the Commodores with 17 points in the win and has now connected on a three in 36 consecutive games. His 5-8 performance from beyond the arc, marked his fifth consecutive game making three or more three-pointers, his 10th this season, and 41st in his career.
  • Jenkins has now scored in double figures in 44 consecutive games, and done so 63 times in his career.
  • Tinsley added 12 points and a team-best six assists in the game.  Now with 396 career assists, Tinsley moved up to seventh on the all-time helpers list at Vanderbilt.  He passed Drew Maddux, who tallied 394 assists from 1994-98.
  • Taylor chipped in with 16 points on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc. It was the 14th time he scored in double figures this season, and the 86th time in his career.   Vanderbilt is now 24-5 since the beginning of the 2010 season when Taylor scores at least 15 points.
  • Goulbourne tied a career high with three steals in the win.  He has now achieved the feat four times in his career, the last occurrence coming vs. Lafayette (12/21/11).  He also added two blocks.
  • Dai-Jon Parker's two made threes tied a career-best - he also made two threes against Monmouth on Nov. 25.



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