Vanderbilt 77, Marquette 76 December 29, 2010 - Memorial Gym - Nashville, Tenn. Attendance: 13,604
Starting Lineups Vanderbilt started junior Brad Tinsley and sophomore guard John Jenkins at the two guard positions, juniors Jeffery Taylor and Andre Walker at forward and junior Festus Ezeli at center. The Commodores are 7-1 this season when using this starting lineup. Taylor has now started in every game of his career (75). Tinsley made his 67th start, Ezeli his 23rd, Jenkins is 18th and Walker his 40th.
Postgame Notes Vanderbilt is now 3-2 all-time against Marquette, including a 1-1 mark in Nashville. Five players scored in double-figures: Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 19 points, Brad Tinsley scored 15, John Jenkins had 13, Festus Ezeli scored 12 and Steve Tcheingang added 10. The last time Vanderbilt had five players score in double-figures was at Arkansas on Feb. 27, 2010 The Commodores trailed at halftime for the fifth time this season. VU is 3-2 on the season when trailing at the half. VU went on a 12-0 run in the early minutes of the second half to go from trailing by seven to leading by 5 points. Jeffery Taylor made a three-point basket at the 14:39 mark of the first half, which extended Vanderbilt's consecutive games streak with a three-pointer to 774 games. Vanderbilt was 6-for-23 from beyond the arc, while Marquette was 5-for-14. VU has made more threes than all but one of their 2010-11 opponents (Belmont). Ties: 1; Lead changes: 6 VU largest lead: 11 (1st half, 14:39) VU outscored Marquette 46-42 in the paint and 14-7 in second chance points. The Commodores are 10-0 this season when leading in the final two minutes of the game. Vanderbilt outrebounded Marquette 36-29. The Commodores are 8-0 this season when outrebounding its opponents. Marquette shot 56.1% from the floor, the best percentage by an opponent this season. The previous best was 47.3% by Appalachian State.
Individual Notes Jeffery Taylor led all Vanderbilt scorers with 19 points. He tied a season-high with two blocks and two steals. Steve Tchiengang grabbed a season-high nine rebounds, one short of a double-double. He scored 10 points on the night. Wednesday was also his birthday. After missing four games due to mononucleosis, Andre Walker grabbed a season-high eight rebounds and had five assists. Walker scored the game-winning layup with 4 seconds remaining, assisted by Brad Tinsley. Tinsley had eight assists and just one turnover.