#13 Murray State 66, #4 Vanderbilt 65 NCAA First Round March 18, 2010 HP Pavilion - San Jose, Calif.
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 sixth straight time Vanderbilt has used this lineup as well as the fifth time this season ... The Commodores are 3-3 with this starting lineup. Taylor made his 64th 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 98th of his career ... Ogilvy started for the 21st game in a row after not starting the previous four games ... Ogilvy made his 28th start of the season and 85th of his career. The Sydney, Australia native has started in 89 of his 96 career games ... Walker made the 32nd start of his career ... Jenkins made the seventh start of his career and has now started six games in a row.
Postgame Notes Vanderbilt finished the season 24-9 overall ... Murray State moved to 31-4. The 2009-10 season is the 110th in Vanderbilt's history. Today's meeting was the fifth all-time between Vanderbilt and Murray State ... Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 3-2 ... Today was the first meeting between the two schools since Vanderbilt defeated the Racers 74-57 during the 1988-89 season. Today marked Vanderbilt's 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Vanderbilt is 9-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament ... Vanderbilt has lost three straight games in the NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt is now 0-2 as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament ... Vanderbilt was also a No. 4 seed in its last tournament appearance (2008). Vanderbilt is 5-6 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... The team's last first round win came March 15, 2007 against George Washington. Stallings is 4-4 all-time at Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament ... Stallings is 5-6 all-time in his coaching career in the NCAA Tournament ... 2010 is the fourth time Stallings has guided Vanderbilt to the NCAA Tournament. In Vanderbilt's last eight NCAA Tournament losses, the Commodores have failed to score more than 68 points ... VU scored 62 in its 2008 loss and 65 in 2007. With Jermaine Beal's three-pointer with 19:35 remaining in the first half, Vanderbilt extended its consecutive games streak with at least one three-pointer made to 762 ... 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 (770) has a longer streak than Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt finished 7-6 this season when trailing at the half ... It marked the second straight game VU had trailed at the half. Vanderbilt shot 44.0 percent (22-50) from the floor, while Murray State shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the floor. It was only the second game this season VU has lost when it has outshot its opponent. Vanderbilt ended the season outshooting its opponents in all but 10 games ... 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 and against Murray State. Vanderbilt made 4-of-12 three-pointers (33.3 percent), while Murray State made 7-of-15 (46.7 percent). Vanderbilt made 17-of-29 free throws (58.6 percent), while Murray State made 12-of-20 (60 percent) ... It was the second straight game VU has shot under 60 percent from the foul line (58.8 vs. Miss. St.) Before its game against Mississippi State, VU had 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.
First Half Notes -Murray State 36, Vanderbilt 32 Vanderbilt was able to build a 10-4 lead to start the game. Vanderbilt began the game by outrebounding Murray State 7-3 at the 15:49 mark ... The Commodores also had four offensive rebounds. A three-pointer by MSU's Danero Thomas cut VU's lead to one, 10-9, with 15:14 to play. Murray State would cut Vanderbilt's lead to one on four occasions through the first 8 ½ minutes of play, but were unable to take the lead. A three-pointer by MSU's Isaiah Canaan produced the game's first tie, 19-19, with 10:31 to play. A three pointer by MSU's B.J. Jenkins gave MSU its first lead of the game, 24-21, with 9:08 to play ... The three capped an 8-2 run by MSU. A pair of free throws by Andre Walker gave VU a 25-24 lead with 8:30 to play. Vanderbilt was 5-of-10 from the foul line at the 7:55 mark of the half. Following a pair of free throws by Jermaine Beal, Murray State went on a 7-0 run to take a 31-27 lead with 5:07 to play, its largest of the game at that point. 10 of MSU's first 15 rebounds were offensive,. A three-point play by Murray State's Jeffery McClain would give MSU its largest lead of the half, 36-31, with 1:08 to play. Vanderbilt shot 40.7 (11-of-27) percent from the floor, while Murray State shot 43.8 (14-of-32) percent. Vanderbilt made 2-of-7 three-pointers (28.6 percent), while Murray State was 4-for-8 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc. Vanderbilt made 8-of-15 free throws (53.3 percent) and Mississippi State made 4-of-10 in the half (40.0 percent). VU was outscored 20-14 in the paint Vanderbilt was outrebounded 21-20 Ties: 4 Lead changes: 3 Largest lead: VU - 6, 17:05; MSU - 5, 1:08
Second Half Notes With Vanderbilt trailing 36-32 at half, Murray State scored six of the half's first eight points to take a 42-34 lead, with 17:29 to play. VU's Jeffery Taylor picked up his third foul with 17:35 to play. A dunk by VU's Lance Goulbourne triggered a 6-0 run by VU to pull VU within 2, 44-42, with 14:12 to play. VU's A.J. Ogilvy earned his third foul with 13:33 to play. After MSU opened up an eight-point lead, 44-36, with 15:43 to play, VU cut it to two on two occasions before MSU stretched it back to five, 51-46, with 11:35 to play. VU's Jeffery Taylor picked up his fourth foul with 11:00 to play. A basket by VU's Festus Ezeli pulled VU within one, 51-50, with 7:56 to play. With 7:43 remaining in the game Murray State was outscoring VU 32-24 in the paint. Two free throws by Brad Tinsley with 7:35 to play produced the fifth tie of the game and the first since the score was tied at 31 with 3:18 to play in the first half. A three-pointer by VU's John Jenkins gave Vanderbilt a 58-56 lead with 4:48 to play, its first lead since leading 27-26 with 6:45 to play in the first half. Murray State would make two consecutive three-pointers to pull the Racers back in front, 62-60, with 2:51 to play. A.J. Ogilvy hit the first of two free throws with 1:36 to play to pull VU within one, 62-61. Following a basket by MSU's Danero Thomas which extended MSU's lead to three, 64-61, with 1:13 to play, VU's A.J. Ogilvy pulled VU back within one with 1:00 to play. With 12.7 to play Jermaine Beal went to the foul line with VU trailing by one, 64-63, and made both free throws to give VU a 65-64 lead. A buzzer-beater by Danero Thomas gave Murray State the win. Ties: 1 Lead changes: 4 Largest lead: VU - N/A in 2nd half; MSU - 8, 17:30 Vanderbilt shot 47.8 percent from the floor (11-of-23) in the half. Murray State shot 39.3 percent from the floor (11-of-28) in the half.
Individual Notes With the loss, Head Coach Kevin Stallings is now 213-137 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, the most in school history. John Jenkins scored a team-high 13 points to reach double figures for the 19th time this season. Beal scored 11 points to reach double figures for the 28th time this season and 63rd time in his career. Beal finished his career with 1,253 points in his career, which ranks 24th in school history. A.J Ogilvy scored 12 points, including 10 in the second half to reach double figures for the 25th time this season and 83rd time in his career in 95 games. Ogilvy now has 1,468 points, which puts him 13th in school history ... Ogilvy's 12 points pushed him ahead of Scott Draud (1,466). A.J. Ogilvy finished 4-of-6 from the line and moved into sixth in school history with 158 made free throws this season ... Ogilvy surpassed Kevin Anglin's (1991-92) 155 free throws. Ogilvy also moved to fourth in school history with 215 free throw attempts ... Ogilvy passed Dan Finch (1953-54), who had 211 attempts. Jeffery Taylor scored all nine of his points in the first half.