Feb. 12, 2011
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Vanderbilt 81, Kentucky 77
February 12, 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 8-5 when stating this lineup.
Taylor has now started 86 of his 87 career games.
Tinsley made his 78th start, Ezeli his 34th, Jenkins his 29th and Goulbourne his 13th.
Vanderbilt moves to 44-133 against Kentucky and UK now holds a 49-25 record when playing in Nashville.
Kevin Stallings has a 9-15 record against the Wildcats but owns a 7-5 advantage when playing in Memorial Gym.
John Jenkins made a three-point basket early in the first half to extend Vanderbilt's consecutive game streak with a three-pointer to 786 games.
The four point margin of victory is the least against Kentucky since February 25, 2007, when the Commodores won 67-65.
Vanderbilt has won six of its past eight meetings with Kentucky when playing in Memorial Gym.
Vanderbilt's 55% (11-for-20) shooting from beyond the arc matched a season-high previously set against South Carolina on February 5.
The Commodores move to 6-0 when shooting 50% or better from three-point range.
After making 20 free throws against Kentucky, Vanderbilt is now 11-2 when making 20 or more free throws.
Jenkins's 32 points marks the first 30-point game since A.J. Ogilvy scored 33 against LSU on March 4, 2009.
This marked the first time a Commodore has scored 30 or more points against Kentucky since Mike Rhodes scored 34 on January 19, 1980.
Vanderbilt's 58.3% (7-for-12) shooting from beyond the arc in the first half is the highest three-point efficiency since shooting 71.4% (5-for-7) against Davidson on January 2.
The seven three-pointers in the first half are the most the Commodores have had against an SEC opponent this season.
For the third consecutive game, Vanderbilt shot 50% or better from three-point range in the first half.
Vanderbilt won the opening tipoff.
Festus Ezeli hit a jumper inside the paint at the 17:28 mark to give Vanderbilt its first points of the game.
John Jenkins made a basket from beyond the arc with 15:52 remaining in the half to keep the three-point streak alive.
With the Commodores trailing by two, Festus Ezeli got open for a dunk to tie the game at 9 with 14:21 remaining.
Steve Tchiengang hit a three-pointer at the 10:56 mark to record Vanderbilt's first bench points.
Vanderbilt took a 30-29 lead, its first of the game, at the 5:46 mark off a Rod Odom jumper.
John Jenkins led the team with 14 points while Rod Odom had a team-high five rebounds.
The bench accounted for 20 points.
Lead changes: 5
Largest lead: Vanderbilt 6, Kentucky 8
Vanderbilt heads into the half leading 44-40.
Brad Tinsley recorded the first three points of the half off of a layup and a free throw.
John Jenkins grabbed a rebound and hit a three-pointer at the 14:57 mark to give the Commodores a 51-48 lead.
With the game tied at 56 and 8:28 left on the clock, Festus Ezeli made a mid-range jumper to give the Commodores a two-point lead.
Brat Tinsley made his first three-pointer of the game with 6:47 remaining and tied it up at 61.
Lead Changes: 4
Largest lead: Vanderbilt 7
John Jenkins scored a career-high 32 points, topping his previous best of 27 set against West Virginia and South Carolina.
Jenkins made a career-high 11 field goals, moving past his previous high of eight set against Appalachian State.
Steve Tchiengang had a career-high 12 points against an SEC opponent, topping his previous high of 10 set against South Carolina on January 8, 2011.
Rod Odom's seven rebounds were a career-best against an SEC opponent, topping his previous high of six set against Tennessee on January 15, 2011.
Brad Tinsley has made an assist in every game this season.
Festus Ezei was perfect from the free throw line (4-for-4) for the fourth time this season.