South Carolina 77 No. 13/19 Vanderbilt 73 March 6, 2010 Memorial Gym - Nashville, Tenn. Attendance: 14,316
Starting Lineups Vanderbilt started senior Jermaine Beal, sophomore Jeffery Taylor and freshman John Jenkins at guard ... sophomore Andre Walker started at forward and junior A.J. Ogilvy started at center ... It was the third time this season and first time at home that Vanderbilt has used this lineup ... The Commodores are 2-1 with this starting lineup. Taylor made his 61st consecutive start and has started every game of his career ... After having his streak of 70-straight starts snapped against Western Kentucky on Dec. 11, Beal made the 95th of his career ... Ogilvy started for the 18th game in a row after not starting the previous four games ... Ogilvy made his 25th start of the season and 83rd of his career. The Sydney, Australia native has started in 83 of his 90 career games ... Walker made the 29th start of his career ... Jenkins made the fourth start of his career and has now started three games in a row.
Postgame Notes Vanderbilt fell to 23-7, 12-4 SEC on the season, while South Carolina improved to 15-15, 6-10 SEC ... Vanderbilt is now 14-2 at home this season. The 2009-10 season is the 110th in Vanderbilt's history. Today's meeting was the 46th all-time between Vanderbilt and South Carolina ... The all-time series is tied 23-23 ... Vanderbilt defeated South Carolina 89-79 in Columbia on Jan. 16, 2010. Vanderbilt had won two straight games against South Carolina and three in a row at Memorial Gym against the Gamecocks since falling 66-64 during the 2004-05 season. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series at Memorial Gym 12-10 ... Kevin Stallings is 10-12 all-time in meetings with South Carolina ... Stallings is 4-7 against South Carolina at Memorial Gym. With Jermaine Beal's three-pointer with 17:33 remaining in the first half, Vanderbilt extended its consecutive games streak with at least one three-pointer made to 759 ... VU is one of only three schools (UNLV and Princeton) that have made at least one three-pointer in every game played since the three-point line was established for the 1986-87 season ... Only UNLV (766) has a longer streak than Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt finished SEC play with a 12-4 record, its best league mark since finishing 14-2 during the 1992-93 season. Vanderbilt finished the regular season with 23 wins, which ties for third most in school history with the 1965 and 1974 teams ... Only the 1993 and 2008 teams had more regular season victories (25). Vanderbilt had won its previous two games on Senior Day dating back to a 82-67 loss to Arkansas on March 3, 2007. Vanderbilt has now ended the regular season with a loss in 10 of the last 11 seasons ... The only win during that stretch came last season against Arkansas. The 73 points by Vanderbilt were the most it has scored in a loss this season. Vanderbilt made 25-of-30 free throw attempts and has now made 80.8% of its attempts in its last eight games 198-of-245. Vanderbilt has attempted 792 free throws this season which is the most since attempting 797 in the 1996-97 season ... Vanderbilt has also made 576 free throws, which is the most since making 588 during the 1992-93 season. Today's crowd of 14,316 was the seventh straight home sellout of the season. Vanderbilt shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the floor compared to 49.1 percent (28-of-57) by South Carolina. This is the third time this season and third game in a row Vanderbilt has been outshot by its opponent at home this season. Vanderbilt has outshot its opponents in all but nine games this season ... In those nine games, Vanderbilt lost six times ... The only games it won when being outshot were against Ole Miss, Georgia and at Alabama ... The only games it lost when it outshot its opponent was at Kentucky. Vanderbilt is 22-4 this season when shooting 40 percent or better. Vanderbilt shot 35 percent (6-of-17) from three compared to 33 percent by South Carolina (5-of-15) After going 0-for-7 from beyond on the arc in the first half, South Carolina made 5-of-8 threes in the second half. Vanderbilt has had more free throw attempts than its opponent in 22-of-30 games Vanderbilt is 5-2 in games decided by three points or less. Vanderbilt was outrebounded 33-28 and is now 8-6 when it does not win the rebounding margin.
First Half Notes -Vanderbilt 35, South Carolina 27 Through the first five minutes of play, the game produced three lead changes. Five of Vanderbilt's first 10 points came from the foul line. With Vanderbilt leading 12-9, South Carolina scored five straight points to take a 14-9 lead with 10:54 to play. Jeffery Taylor (7 points) and A.J. Ogilvy (8 points) scored 15 of Vanderbilt's first 18 points ... The other three points were scored by Jermaine Beal. Following a three-pointer by Jermaine Beal with 6:52 to play, his second of the game, all of Vanderbilt's 21 points had been scored by Beal, Taylor and Ogilvy ... Vanderbilt's next three baskets all came by players who hadn't scored. A basket by Brad Tinsley with 4:43 to play gave Vanderbilt its largest lead of the game, five, 28-23 and capped a 10-3 run for the Commodores. South Carolina's Sam Muldrow scored 13 of South Carolina's first 23 points. A basket by Steve Tchiengang at the 3:36 mark of the half extended VU's lead to seven, 32-25, its largest of the game ... Tchiengang closed the half by scoring eight of Vanderbilt's final 11 points ... Tchiengang made all four of his free throw attempts during the stretch after entering the game as a 58.1 percent free-throw shooter this season. A free throw by Jermaine Beal with 2.6 seconds to play extended VU's lead to eight, 35-27, its largest of the game. Vanderbilt went the last 3:36 of the half without a field goal. Vanderbilt shot 44.0 (11-of-25) percent from the floor in the first half, while South Carolina shot 39.3 percent. Vanderbilt made 2-of-10 three-pointers (20.0 percent), while South Carolina was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. Vanderbilt made 11-of-13 free throws (84.6 percent) and South Carolina made 5-of-8 in the half (62.5 percent). Ties: 7 Lead changes: 5 Largest lead: VU - 8, 0:02; USC - 4, 8:43 Vanderbilt outscored USC 13-3 in bench points.
Second Half Notes South Carolina hit its first five shot attempts of the second half, but was only able to cut into VU's eight-point halftime lead by one at the time of its fifth basket of the half ... Three of the shots came courtesy of Devan Downey who scored seven of the team's first 11 of the half after scoring just four points in the first half. After a basket by A.J. Ogilvy to extend VU's lead to 10 with 19:49 to play, Vanderbilt was unable to build on its lead and the game remained never got closer than six points, 41-35 (17:29), through the first eight minutes of the half. A pair of three-pointers by USC's Devan Downey were part of an 8-0 run at the time by South Carolina, which pulled USC within one of Vanderbilt, 57-56, with 8:20 to play ... It was the closest the game had been since 5:52 to play in the first half when Vanderbilt led 24-23. A pair of free throws by South Carolina's Brandis Raley Ross gave USC a 58-57 lead with 7:44 to play in the half ... It was South Carolina's first lead since holding a 20-18 advantage with 7:09 to play in the first half. The free throws by Raley Ross extended South Carolina's run to 12-0. South Carolina would extend its run to 16-0 and take a 64-57 lead with 6:12 to play ... Downey scored 12 of USC's points during the run. After a free throw by Jermaine Beal with 9:28 to play, Vandebilt went 4:07 between points before A.J. Ogilvy made the second of two free throws ... Ogilvy's free throw ended a 16-0 run by South Carolina. South Carolina extended its lead to nine, its largest of the game, 68-59, following a basket by Devan Downey with 4:10 to play. South Carolina's run came in the midst of a Vanderbilt cold spell ... A three-pointer by John Jenkins with 3:00 to play ended drought of 9:23 between field goals ... The previous field goal was a three-pointer by John Jenkins with 12:23 to play. With South Carolina lead 68-59 with 3:30 to play, a pair of free throws by A.J. Ogilvy started a 7-0 run for Vanderbilt to pull within two, 68-66, with 2:50 to play. A three-pointer by Jermaine Beal with 2:09 to play tied the game at 69. South Carolina's Devan Downey answered Beal's three with a three of his own to give USC a 72-69 lead with 1:48 to play. A lay-in by Jermaine Beal with 29.7 to play not only cut South Carolina's lead to two, 73-71, but also ended a drought of 15:32 between two-point field goals ... VU's last two-point field goal was a lay in by A.J. Ogilvy with 16:01 to play. Jermaine Beal ended the game by scoring the final nine points of the game for the Commodores. Ties: 0 Lead changes: 1 Largest lead: VU - 10, 19:48 in 2nd half; USC - 9, 4:10 Vanderbilt shot 41.7 percent from the floor (10-of-24) in the half. South Carolina shot 58.6 percent from the floor (17-of-29) in the half. After going 0-of-7 from three in the first half, USC went 5-of-8 in the second half. Individual Notes With the loss, Head Coach Kevin Stallings is now 212-135 at Vanderbilt ... He is second in school history in career wins and trails only Roy Skinner (278 wins) ... With the team's win against Manhattan on Dec. 30, Stallings moved into second place among all-time wins leaders at Vanderbilt, surpassing Bob Polk's 197 wins. Despite the loss, senior Jermaine Beal concluded his Vanderbilt career at home as the school's all-time winningest player with 90 career wins. Beal scored a team-best 21 points in his final home game as a Commodore ... It was the ninth 20-point game of his career and second in a row at home. Beal scored the final nine points of regulation for Vanderbilt. Beal now has 1,214 points in his career, which ranks 24th in school history ... Beal passed Joe Ford (1,193), Jim Henry (1,198), Al Rochelle (1,206) and Thorpe Weber (1,209) and now trails Jeff Turner (1,271) for 23rd. Beal reached double figures for the 25th time this season and 60th time in his career. Beal finished the game with a career-best eight rebounds ... His previous best was seven against South Carolina on Feb. 28, 2009. Beal made three three-pointers against USC and has now made at least three threes in 15 games this season. Vanderbilt is 11-5 this season when Jermaine Beal scores at least 15 points ... VU is 18-6 overall in Beal's career when he scores at least 15 points. Jeffery Taylor scored 13 points to reach double figures in scoring for the 24th time this season and 46th time in his career ... Vanderbilt is now 18-6 this season when Taylor scores in double figures. A.J Ogilvy scored 15 points to reach double figures in scoring for the 23rd time this season and 81st time in 93 career games. Ogilvy now has 1,444 points, which puts 14th in school history ... Ogilvy trails Scott Draud (1,466) for 13th in school history. John Jenkins finished the game with three three-pointers (3-of-6) ... It was the third game in a row and 13th time this season he has hit at least three trays. Andre Walker failed to score a point for only the third time this season ... VU is 1-2 when he does not score.