March 13, 2010
Mississippi State 62, No. 20/23 Vanderbilt 52
March 13, 2010 Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, Tenn.
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 fifth straight time Vanderbilt has used this lineup as well as the fifth time this season ... The Commodores are 3-2 with this starting lineup.
Taylor made his 63rd 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 97th of his career ... Ogilvy started for the 20th game in a row after not starting the previous four games ... Ogilvy made his 27th start of the season and 85th of his career. The Sydney, Australia native has started in 85 of his 92 career games ... Walker made the 31st start of his career ... Jenkins made the sixth start of his career and has now started five games in a row.
Vanderbilt fell to 24-8 on the season, while Mississippi State moved to 23-10.
The 2009-10 season is the 110th in Vanderbilt's history.
Tonight's meeting was the 116th all-time between Vanderbilt and Mississippi State ... Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 72-44 ... Vanderbilt earned a 75-72 win over Mississippi State on Feb. 3 at Memorial Gym.
Kevin Stallings is 5-8 all-time against Mississippi State.
Vanderbilt is 3-5 in SEC Tournament games played in Nashville.
Vanderbilt is 4-4 all-time at Bridgestone Arena ... Vanderbilt is 2-3 in SEC Tournament games at Bridgestone Arena ... Vanderbilt was 1-2 at SEC Tournament games at Memorial Gym.
Kevin Stallings is 6-10 all-time at the SEC Tournament.
Vanderbilt is 7-5 all-time against Mississippi State at the SEC Tournament ... Vanderbilt won the last meeting between the two schools at the SEC Tournament on March 12, 2004, 74-70, in overtime.
Today's meeting marked Vanderbilt's 10th appearance in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament ... Since the SEC split into divisions in 1992, Vanderbilt has reached semifinals three times ... Vanderbilt has made just one previous appearance in the finals, winning the 1951 SEC Tournament.
The Commodores are 1-9 all-time in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
With Jermaine Beal's three-pointer with 18:14 remaining in the first half, Vanderbilt extended its consecutive games streak with at least one three-pointer made to 761 ... 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 (769) has a longer streak than Vanderbilt.
The 52 points scored by Vanderbilt were its fewest since scoring 50 at Tennessee on Feb. 14, 2009.
Vanderbilt had just one player score in double figures (Jermaine Beal) for the first time since Feb. 20 against Kentucky.
Vanderbilt shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor, while Mississippi State shot 39.3 percent (22-56) from the floor.
Vanderbilt made 6-of-12 three-pointers (50 percent), while Mississippi State made 6-of-22 (27.3 percent).
Vanderbilt made 10-of-17 free throws (58.8 percent), while Mississippi State made 12-of-20 (60 percent).
Vanderbilt entered the game having made 80.8% of its attempts in its last eight games 211-of-261.
Vanderbilt's free-throw percentage was its lowest since making 54.1 percent at Alabama on Jan. 13.
Vanderbilt is 7-5 this season when trailing at the half.
Mississippi State scored 10 points of 11 VU turnovers, while VU scored three points off nine MSU turnovers.
Vanderbilt attempted fewer free throws than its opponent for the second game in a row and only the ninth time this season.
Vanderbilt has made 599, which is the second most in school history and most since making 742 during the 1989-90 season ... VU surpassed its total of 594 from the 1971-72 season.
Vanderbilt has outshot its opponents in all but 10 games this season ... In those 10 games, Vanderbilt lost seven 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.
First Half Notes -Mississippi State 33, Vanderbilt 27
Vanderbilt opened the game by taking a 5-0 lead.
Mississippi State answered by scoring seven straight points to take its first lead of the game, 7-5, with 16:05 to play.
With Vanderbilt leading 11-8, Mississippi State went on an 8-0 run to take a 16-11 lead with 11:51 to play.
MSU's Phil Turner scored eight of the Bulldogs' first 16 points.
With MSU leading 23-16, it owned a 16-8 rebounding advantage ... The seven-point margin was the largest of the game for either team at that time.
With the score 23-18, MSU was 4-of-12 on three-pointers compared to just 1-of-3 by Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli scored eight of Vanderbilt's first 22 points on 4-of-4 shooting.
Vanderbilt was able to cut MSU's lead to three 25-22 before the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to take a 31-22, its largest of the game, with 2:06 to play.
Vanderbilt would come storming back by scoring five straight points to pull within four, 31-27, with 1:29 to play.
The 27 first-half points scored by VU was its lowest total in a half since scoring 25 in the first half against Kentucky on Feb. 26, 2008.
Vanderbilt's Feb. 26 outing against Kentucky also marked the last time VU trailed at the half.
Vanderbilt shot 35.7 (10-of-28) percent from the floor, while Mississippi State shot 37.5 (12-of-32) percent.
Vanderbilt made 2-of-7 three-pointers (28.6 percent), while Mississippi State was 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc.
Vanderbilt made 5-of-5 free throws (100.0 percent) and Mississippi State made 5-of-10 in the half (50.0 percent).
Vanderbilt was outrebounded 20-19
Festus Ezeli and Jermaine Beal led Vanderbilt with eight points.
Lead changes: 3
Largest lead: VU - 3, 13:47; MSU - 9, 2:06
Second Half Notes
After being held scoreless in the first half, A.J. Ogilvy scored the first points of the second half for VU with a pair of free throws, pulling VU back within four, 33-29.
Following Ogilvy's free throws, Mississippi State scored 11 straight points to take its largest lead of the game, 44-29 (15 points), with 17:15 to play.
Mississippi State hit five of its first six shots of the half to extend its lead.
Vanderbilt started the half by missing its first six shot attempts.
After staring the half 0-for-6 from the floor, Vanderbilt hit its first field goal when John Jenkins hit a three-pointer with 15:15 to play to end MSU's 11-0 run.
At the 11:35 mark of the half, MSU had 10 points off 10 VU turnovers, while VU had none of six MSU turnovers.
Trailing by 15, Vanderbilt went on a 16-5 run to cut MSU's lead to four, 49-45, with 6:51 to play.
A three-pointer by Brad Tinsley pulled VU within three, 51-48, with 5:36 to play ... It was the closest VU had been since trailing by three with 6:24 to play in the first half.
From the 7:26 mark to the 4:29 mark of the half, Vanderbilt was 1-of-5 from the foul line.
After VU cut MSU's lead to three, MSU scored 10 of the game's next 11 points to extend its lead to seven, 61-49.
Lead changes: 0
Largest lead: VU - N/A in 2nd half; MSU - 15, 17:15
Vanderbilt shot 33.3 percent from the floor (8-of-24) in the half.
Mississippi State shot 41.7 percent from the floor (10-of-24) in the half.
With the loss, Head Coach Kevin Stallings is now 213-136 at Vanderbilt ... He is second in school history in career wins and trails only Roy Skinner (278 wins).
Stallings has 13 career postseason wins at Vanderbilt.
Beal scored 11 points to reach double figures for the 27th time this season and 62nd time in his career.
Beal now has 1,241 points in his career, which ranks 24th in school history ... Beal trails Jeff Turner (1,271) for 23rd.
A night after scoring a career-high 25 points, John Jenkins finished the game with seven points ... Vanderbilt is now 2-4 against SEC teams when Jenkins does not reach double figures.
Jenkins finished the game 1-of-1 from beyond the arc to break Shan Foster and Brad Tinsley's school record for three-pointers by a freshman in a season (69) ... Jenkins now has 70 three-pointers this season.
A.J Ogilvy matched a career low with two points and finished the game without a made field goal for the first time in his career ... Ogilvy also scored two points against St. Mary's earlier this year.
Ogilvy now has 1,456 points, which puts 14th in school history ... Ogilvy trails Scott Draud (1,466) for 13th in school history
A.J. Ogilvy finished 2-of-4 from the line and moved into seventh in school history with 154 made free throws this season ... Ogilvy passed Clyde Lee (153 FTM) (1965-66), Clyde Lee (1964-65) and Al Rochelle (1955-56) for seventh in school history
Ogilvy also moved to fifth in school history with 209 free throw attempts ... Ogilvy trails Dan Finch (1953-54) with 211 blocks.
Festus Ezeli scored all eight of his points in the first half
Jeffery Taylor started the game 0-of-6 from the floor before making his first basket.