Arkansas 89, Vanderbilt 78
January 29, 2011 - Memorial Gymnasium - Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt started junior Brad Tinsley and sophomore John Jenkins at guard, juniors Jeffery Taylor and Lance Goulbourne at forward and junior Festus Ezeli at center.
The Commodores move to 5-4 when stating this lineup.
Taylor has now started all 83 games of his career.
Tinsley made his 75th start, Ezeli his 31st, Jenkins his 25th and Goulbourne his ninth.
Vanderbilt drops to 9-16 against Arkansas and 7-4 when playing in Memorial Gym.
Head coach Kevin Stallings falls to 4-10 against the Razorbacks and an even 3-3 at home.
The `Dores fell to the Razorbacks in Memorial Gym for the first time since dropping 82-67 on March 3, 2007.
The Commodores won the opening tip and are 14-2 when doing so.
Steve Tchiengang made a three-point basket to extend Vanderbilt's consecutive game streak with a three-pointer to 782 games.
Vanderbilt lost at home for the first time this season and the first time losing in Memorial since falling to South Carolina 77-73 on March 6, 2010.
The Commodores allowed a season-high 89 points, the most points an opponent has scored against Vanderbilt since Georgia put up 94 in an overtime game in Memorial Gym on February 25, 2010.
The 11-point margin of defeat is the largest since falling 72-58 at Georgia on February 6, 2010 and the largest at home since dropping to Florida 94-69 on January 25, 2009.
This marked the first time an opposing player has scored 30 or more points against Vanderbilt since Casey Mitchell of West Virginia notched 31 on November 11, 2010.
Vanderbilt's 96.2% (25-for-26) from the free throw line is the best percentage since 83.3% (5-for-6) in the season opener against Presbyterian on November 12.
Arkansas shot 57.4% (31-for-54) from the field, marking the highest percentage an opponent has shot against the Commodores this season and topping the previous high of 56.1% that Marquette shot on December 29, 2010. The field goal percentage was the highest at Memorial Gym since Kentucky shot 58.1% against the Commodores on Feb. 25, 2007. Vanderbilt won that game, 68-66.
For the second time this season, the Commodores trailed with five minutes remaining in the game and fall to 0-2 when doing so.
The seven point half time deficit is the largest since trailing by 11 to West Virginia on November 19.
Vanderbilt's 15 free throws in the first half are the most since making 21 against Davidson on January 2.
This marked the first time the Commodores were perfect from the free throw line in the first half this season.
For the first time this season, Vanderbilt was held to only one three-point basket in the first half.
Vanderbilt won the opening tipoff.
Festus Ezeli put in a mid-range jumper to record the first points of the game at the 19:37 mark.
Ezeli added two points when he made the first free throws of the game with 17:37 remaining in the half to give the Commodores a 4-3 lead.
With the game tied at 11 and 14:24 remaining in the half, Steve Tchiengang hit a three-pointer to give the Commodores the lead and keep the three-point streak alive.
Vanderbilt went on a 6-2 run to close out the last 2:45 of the half and cut the Razorbacks' lead to 43-36.
Festus Ezeli leads the team with 12 points and three rebounds.
Kyle Fuller had a team-high two assists.
Lead changes: 7
Largest lead: Vanderbilt 3, Arkansas 11
The Commodores head into the half trailing 43-36.
John Jenkins scored the first nine points of the half for the Commodores off two three-pointers, a layup and a free throw.
With 11 minutes remaining, Jeffery Taylor tipped in a basket to reach double-digits in points and cut the Arkansas lead to 14.
Jeffery Taylor hit an open three-pointer with 7:52 remaining to close Arkansas' lead to 67-59.
Lead Changes: 0
Largest lead: Arkansas 16
Festus Ezeli recorded his 13th game scoring in double-figures this season.
Ezeli matched a career-high in points against SEC opponents with 18, previously set against Georgia on January 12.
Rod Odom had a career-high 12 points, breaking his previous best of 11 set against Western Kentucky and West Virginia.
This marked John Jenkins's 11th 20-point game of the season and 13th of his career.
Jenkins's 24 points are the most he has scored at home this season.
Jenkins was 10-for-10 from the free throw line, marking the 11th time this season he has gone perfect from the line.