Vanderbilt-Miss. State postgame notes

Jan. 21, 2012

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Mississippi State 78, Vanderbilt 77 (OT)
January 21, 2012 * Memorial Gymnasium – Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance:  14,316
Starting Lineup:
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 108, Jenkins 57, Taylor 116, Goulbourne 39, Ezeli 51
Post-Game Notes:
·     Vanderbilt moved to 74-44 against Mississippi State and now holds a 44-9 record when playing in Memorial Gym.
·     Kevin Stallings is now 250-153 (13) at Vanderbilt, 373-216 (18) in his career.  His record against Mississippi State is now 7-9. 
·     Vandy has now dropped six straight overtime games and is 0-3 this season.
·     This marked the second overtime meeting with Mississippi State in the last three home matchups with Vanderbilt’s last win being an 86-85 game on March 5, 2008.
·     Vanderbilt won the opening tip and scored on its first possession.
·     The 39 first half points were the most the Commodores have scored to open a game against an SEC opponent this season and the most since scoring 41 against LSU last year.
·     For the second game in a row, Vanderbilt held its opponent to one three-point field goal in the first half.
·     Mississippi St. opened up the second half with an 18-2 run.
·     John Jenkins hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining to tie the game at 68 to help send things into overtime.
·     Jeffery Taylor’s free throw at the 1:52 mark in OT gave Vanderbilt its first lead since MSU’s Renardo Sidney made a layup with 17:44 remaining in the second half to tie the game at 39.
·     Vanderbilt’s 14 three-point buckets are the most against an SEC opponent since hitting 15 on March 5, 2008 versus Mississippi State.
·     The 29 field goals were the most against an SEC foe this season.

Individual Notes:
·     John Jenkins led the team in scoring with 21 points while Festus Ezeli had a team and career-high 14 rebounds.  Brad Tinsley’s five assists led all Vanderbilt players.
·     John Jenkins made a three-point field goal for the 40th game in a row. After going 5-11 from behind the arc he extends his consecutive game streak of making three or more three-pointers to nine games.  It also marks his 14th time reaching the feat this season and 45th time doing it in his career.
·     After recording 21 points to reach 1,322 for his career, John Jenkins surpassed Barry Booker and Frank Seckar to move to 21st place on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list.  
·     Jenkins has scored in double-digit figures in 51 consecutive games and 70 in his career. 
·     For the tenth time this season, Jenkins reached the 20-point mark.
·     Lance Goulbourne’s four three-pointers set a career high.
·     Goulbourne reached double digits (12) for the third consecutive game and tenth time this season.
·     Festus Ezeli set a career-high in rebounds with 14.
·     For the second game in a row, Ezeli hit double-digits in points (12) and rebounds (14).  It marks his seventh career double-double.
·     Ezeli’s five blocks marked a season high, topping his previous best of four set against Miami (Ohio).  
·     Brad Tinsley dished out five assists, the eighth time he has done that this season and 36th of his career.
·     Jeffery Taylor scored in double figures (19) for the 17th straight game and the 90th time in his career.



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