Vanderbilt 84, Tennessee State 71 December 19, 2009 • Memorial Gym – Nashville, Tenn. Attendance: 12,429
Starting Lineups • Vanderbilt started senior Jermaine Beal, sophomore Brad Tinsley and sophomore Jeffery Taylor at guard … junior Darshawn McClellan started at forward and sophomore Festus Ezeli started at center … It was the first time this season that Vanderbilt used this starting lineup … It marked the fourth different starting lineup combination this season … This was the third time Vanderbilt has ever used this lineup … The Commodores finished 1-1 with this lineup last year, beating St. Francis and losing at Kentucky. • Taylor made his 41st consecutive start and has started every game of his career … Tinsley made the 38th start of his career and 21st in a row, starting every game since Jan. 31, 2009 at Auburn … After having his streak of 70-straight starts snapped against Western Kentucky on Dec. 11, Beal made the 75th of his career … The start by McClellan was the 13th of his career, first of the season and first since Jan. 25, 2009 against Tennessee … Ezeli’s start was the third of the year, second in a row and ninth of his career … Today’s game marked just the fifth time in Ogilvy’s career (73 career games) that he did not start … Andre Walker had started the previous nine games this season.
Postgame Notes • Vanderbilt improved to 7-3 on the season, while Tennessee State fell to 3-9 … Vanderbilt has now won nine in a row at Memorial Gym, including all four games this year … VU’s last home loss was against Florida on Jan. 25, 2009. • The 2009-10 season is the 110th in Vanderbilt’s history. • Today’s meeting was the seventh all-time between Vanderbilt and Tennessee State … Vanderbilt now leads the all-time series 7-0 … All seven of the games in the series have been played at Memorial Gym. • With the win, Vanderbilt is now 55-7 against teams from the Ohio Valley … Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings is now 4-0 all-time against Tennessee State. • With Jermaine Beal’s three-pointer with 19:28 remaining in the first half, Vanderbilt extended its consecutive games streak with at least one three-pointer made to 739 … 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 (746) has a longer streak than Vanderbilt. • Vanderbilt’s shooting percentage of 67.9 was the highest during the Kevin Stallings era at Vanderbilt, topping the 67.3 percent shot against Auburn in the 2008 SEC Tournament … Vanderbilt shot 79.2 percent in the second half. • Vanderbilt’s 21 assists were a season-high … The 21 assists also topped last year’s high mark of 19 at Auburn and at UMASS. • The Commodores are now 4-0 when shooting better than 50 percent this season. • Vanderbilt is 5-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season. • Vanderbilt is 5-0 when it makes fewer three-pointer than its opponent. • Vanderbilt outscored TSU 58-18 in the paint. • Vanderbilt outrebounded TSU 34-27. • Vanderbilt’s 10 free-throw attempts were the second fewest of the season (three against Chaminade). • Vanderbilt had four players score in double figures.
First Half Notes – Vanderbilt 43, Tennessee State 25 • Vanderbilt outscored Tennessee State 7-2 to start the game before TSU rallied to tie the score at nine with 14:01 to play in the half. • With the scored tied at nine, Vanderbilt went on a 12-3 run to take an 21-12 lead following a three-pointer by John Jenkins with 12:24 to play in the half … The nine- point lead was the Commodores largest lead of the game at that point … Jenkins scored nine of VU’s 12 points during the run. • Vanderbilt led 23-18 with 8:06 to play when a bucket by Jermaine Beal triggered a 9-2 run to give Vanderbilt a 12-point lead, 32-20, it’s largest of the game at that point. • With 5:28 to play in the first, Steve Tchiengang made his first three-pointer of the season on his first attempt of the year … The three was Tchiengang’s 13th of his career. • A dunk by Jeffery Taylor with 2:35 to play in the half gave Vanderbilt a 36-23 lead, it was the game’s largest lead at that point. • Vanderbilt concluded the half on an 11-2 run over the final 3:46 of the half … Over the final 8:06 of the half, Vanderbilt had a 20-7 run … The run gave Vanderbilt an 18-point lead at the half — its largest of the game. • Ties: 1 • Lead changes: 0 • Largest lead: VU – 18, 0:01; TSU – N/A • John Jenkins scored 12 points to lead VU at the half … Jeffery Taylor scored 10. • The Commodores shot 58.6 percent from the floor, including 45.5 percent from three, while TSU shot 34.5 percent from the floor and 37.5 from three. • Vanderbilt outrebounded TSU 18-13. • Vanderbilt outscored TSU 24 to 12 in the paint and 14 to 4 off turnovers.
Second Half Notes • Vanderbilt outscored TSU 13-9 to open the half and took a 22-point lead — its largest lead of the game following a three-pointer by Brad Tinsley with 16:43 to play. • With Vanderbilt leading 56-34 with 14:57 to play, Tennessee State went on an 11-2 run to cut Vanderbilt’s lead to 13, 58-45, with 11:57 to play. • Vanderbilt answered TSU’s run with an 18-7 run to increase its lead to 24 with 5:31 to play … The 24-point lead was its largest of the game. • Ties: 0 • Lead changes: 0 • Largest lead: VU – 24, 5:34; TSU – N/A • Vanderbilt shot 79.2 percent from the floor in the half and 33.3 percent from three. • Tennessee State shot 37.8 percent from the floor in the half and 50 percent from three.
Individual Notes • One game after making a career-best nine baskets against Western Kentucky, Jeffery Taylor set a Memorial Gym record by making 10-of-11 field goals (90.9 percent) … The previous record was 90.0 (minimum 10 attempts) by Vanderbilt’s Brett Burrow on Feb .16, 1985 against Tennessee … Vanderbilt’s school record is 91.7 percent by Mike Rhodes (11-of-12) at Alabama on Jan. 21, 1978. • Taylor finished with 20 points to reach double figures in scoring for the 31st time in his career … He has scored in double figures in all but one game this season … It is the third time this season and fifth time in his career he has reached at least 20 points. • The 10 field goals by Taylor were the most by a Commodore since Shan Foster made 10 against South Alabama (11/29/07). • By scoring 20 or more points in two straight games, Jeffery Taylor became the first Commodore to accomplish the feat since A.J. Ogilvy did so against South Carolina (2/28/09) and at LSU (3/4/09) last season. • Head Coach Kevin Stallings now has 196 career wins and 131 losses at Vanderbilt, trailing Bob Polk’s 197 wins, which ranks second in school history … Roy Skinner’s 278 wins is more than any coach in Vanderbilt history. • John Jenkins scored 12 points to reach double figures in scoring for the fifth time in his career … Jenkins has now scored in double figures in two of the last three games … He scored all 12 of his points in the first half, which included scoring his first nine points within a span of 3:20 in the first half. • A.J. Ogilvy scored 11 points and now has 1,151 for his career, which ranks 28th in school history … During the game, Ogilvy surpassed Babe Taylor (1,144 points) and Brett Burrow (1,149) on the all-time scoring list … He now trails Billy Joe Adcock (1,190) for 27th all-time … A.J. Ogilvy has scored in double figures in 63 of 73 career games. • Ogilvy finished with one block and now has 114 in his career, which is third in school history … Ogilvy trails Julian Terrell (116 blocks) for second place in career blocks … During the season-opener against Lipscomb, Ogilvy became the second VU player to post 1,000 points and 100 blocks in a career … Will Perdue (1,281 points and 157 blocks) is the only other VU player to accomplish the feat … Ogilvy also became just the fourth player in VU history with 100 or more blocks in his career. • Jermaine Beal finished the game with a season high seven assists and is ninth in school history with 348 career assists … Al McKinney ranks eighth in school history with 351 career assists … Beal’s previous season high was five against Chaminade and Arizona. • Festus Ezeli scored 10 points to reach double figures in scoring for the third time in his career and for the first time this season … Ezeli’s 10 points were one off his career high of 11 last year against Central Arkansas … Ezeli also posted a season-high five rebounds, one off his career high. • With 5:28 to play in the first half, Steve Tchiengang made his first three-pointer of the season on his first attempt of the year … The three was Tchiengang’s 13th of his career.