MBB returns to action vs. Longwood

Dec. 19, 2011

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The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team returns to the Memorial Gym floor Monday night for a game with the Longwood Lancers, the Commodores’ second game in three days. Tip off is set for 7 p.m., and the action can be heard live on the Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, and a video stream of the game can be seen as a part of the All-Access package on vucommodores.com.

Series Information
Series Record:
1st meeting.
Last Meeting:
Record at Vanderbilt:
1st meeting
Record at Longwood:
Record at Neutral Site:
Coach Stallings vs. Longwood:
Coach Stallings has never faced Longwood.

Media Information
Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com; XM 199
Radio Talent:
Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Live Video Stream:
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates:

More On The Longwood series

  • Monday’s meeting will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
  • Injured center Josh Henderson is the only Vanderbilt player from the state of Virginia.
  • Coach Stallings has never faced Longwood.

More on Longwood
The Lancers, from Farmville, Va., are 4-6 on the season and compete as an independent in men’s basketball. The team is led by Antwan Carter, who paces Longwood in scoring at 16.5 points per game and in rebounding, at 8.9 per contest.

Quick Hitters

  • The Commodores dropped to 6-4 after a 61-55 loss to Indiana State Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym. Jeffery Taylor led Vanderbilt in scoring with 21 points. The SEC’s leading scorer, John Jenkins, was held to a season-low 11 points.
  • It marked the ninth game in double figures for Taylor this season. He has only been held to single digits from the floor once–against Cleveland State on 11/13/11.
  • The 55 points scored by Vanderbilt was a season-low.
  • VU lost its first game after outrebounding an opponent (6-1 record).
  • Although Jenkins scored only 11 points, he reached double-digit scoring for the 41st consecutive game.
  • VU has now lost four non-conference games in a season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.
  • Vanderbilt’s loss against Indiana State was its third at Memorial Gym this season. It marks the first time since 1977-78 that VU has had three non-conference losses, and it has matched the team’s single-season loss total from last year (14-3).
  • Vanderbilt scored only 2 points in the last 6:31 of the game and were outscored, 16-2, over that stretch.
  • Senior center Festus Ezeli made his first start of the season against Indiana State. He scored four points and tallied one block, leaving him two shy of Will Perdue’s career blocks record of 157.
  • Vanderbilt will play two games in the next three days, and then have a few days off for the holiday break. The Commodores will play Longwood and Lafayette for the first time in school history.
  • VU is only shooting 65.9% from the free-throw line this season. VU’s last season under 70% from the charity stripe was 2005-06 (.697). Vanderbilt has had only six seasons under 70% since 1962-63.
  • For the season, Vanderbilt is allowing opponents to shoot 44.9% from the floor, which is currently the 11th-worst defensive percentage in the SEC. Offensively, the Commodores are also shooting 44.9% from the floor and 35.7% from three.

Last Time Out – Indiana State 61, Vanderbilt 55
Jeffery Taylor led all Vanderbilt scorers with 21 points, but it was not enough as Indiana State escaped with a 61-55 road victory on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym. Brad Tinsley scored 12 points, and the SEC’s leading scorer John Jenkins was held to only 11 points.

  • Vanderbilt scored only 2 points in the last 6:31 of the game and were outscored, 16-2, over that stretch.
  • Vanderbilt shot 38.0% from the field. VU is 0-2 this season when shooting less than 40%. They also shot 27.3% in 3FG to Indiana State’s 47.6%. The Commodores are 0-2 when shooting less than 30% from beyond the arc.
  • The Commodores outrebounded Indiana State, 34-29, and Saturday’s game against Indiana State marked the first time this season VU has lost a game when outrebounding their opponent (6-1).
  • VU moved to 0-2 on the season when making fewer threes than their opponent (10-6).
  • Taylor led the Commodores with 21 points on three 3-point baskets. It marked the ninth game in double figures for the forward this season. He has only been held to single digits from the floor once–against Cleveland State on 11/13/11.
  • Taylor’s three treys marked the third straight contest that the senior has tallied a trio of baskets from beyond the arc.
  • Tinsley set a new season-best for rebounds with six. His career mark is 10 boards, set on two occasions (last on January 2, 2011). Tinsley added 12 points and led the Commodores with three assists.
  • Jenkins recorded his 41st consecutive game of scoring in double digits with his season-low 11 points. The junior went 1-6 from beyond the arc, failing to tally multiple threes for the first time this season.

Next Up For Commodores
The Commodores play Longwood on December 19 and Lafayette on December 21, and then are off for eight days and return from the holiday break with a road game against nationally ranked Marquette.