Vanderbilt 72, MTSU 53 December 21, 2010 - Murphy Center – Murfreesboro, Tenn. Attendance: 6,820
Starting Lineups • Vanderbilt started junior Brad Tinsley and sophomore guard John Jenkins at the two guard positions, junior Jeffery Taylor and freshman Rod Odom at forward, and junior Festus Ezeli at center. • Taylor has now started in every game of his career (74). Tinsley made his 66th start, Ezeli his 22nd, Jenkins his 17th, and Odom his second.
Postgame Notes • With the win, Vanderbilt is now 28-4 all-time against MTSU and 13-4 in games played in Murfreesboro. • The Commodores improved to 1-1 in true road contests. Tuesday night’s game was Vanderbilt’s last non-conference road trip of the 2010-11 season. VU next ventures on the road in their SEC opener against South Carolina on January 8. • Four players scored in double-figures, with junior forward Jeffery Taylor leading the way with 18 points. John Jenkins scored 16, Festus Ezeli 15, and Brad Tinsley 10. • Vanderbilt’s streak of five consecutive games of 50% or better from the floor was snapped against the Blue Raiders. Vanderbilt shot 43.5% from the floor against MTSU. • The Commodores held MTSU to only 37.1% from the floor, the eighth opponent to shoot 40% or worse from the field. • Vanderbilt was 24-for-36 from the free throw line, the Commodores fourth game of the season with 30 or more free throw attempts. • VU outrebounded MTSU 36-34 on the night, the eighth time this season Vanderbilt has outrebounded its opponent. The Commodores are 8-0 in those contests. • Vanderbilt was 8-for-23 from three on the night, compared to 5-for-15 for MTSU. VU has made more threes than all but one of their 2010-11 opponents (Belmont). • Jeffery Taylor made a three-point basket at the 19:01 mark of the first half, which extended Vanderbilt’s consecutive games streak with a three-pointer to 773 games. • Ties: 1; Lead changes: 1 • VU largest lead: 25 (2nd half, 2:46). • VU outscored MTSU 20-18 in the paint, 15-6 off of turnovers, 12-6 in second chance points, and 4-0 in fast break points. MTSU’s bench outscored Vanderbilt’s, 18-10.
Individual Notes • Jeffery Taylor led all Vanderbilt scorers with 18 points, his 54th career double-figure scoring game. • John Jenkins added 16 points, tied a career-high with two blocks, and set a new career high with three steals. • Festus Ezeli scored in double-figures for the eighth time this season with 15 points in only 16 minutes of action. • Joe Duffy tied his career-high in rebounds with five. • Brad Tinsley scored 10 points and had a new career-high in blocks with two. He also added two assists and two steals.