Vanderbilt 65, Auburn 35
Jan. 7, 2012
Vanderbilt 65, Auburn 35
January 7, 2012 * Memorial Gymnasium - Nashville, TN
- Vanderbilt: Senior Guard Brad Tinsley (#1), Junior Guard John Jenkins (#23), Senior Forwards Jeffery Taylor (#44), Lance Goulbourne (#5), Festus Ezeli (#3).
- Career Starts: Tinsley 104, Jenkins 53, Taylor 112, Goulbourne 35 Ezeli 47.
- This was the first time this season that Vanderbilt used this starting lineup.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.