Dec. 20, 2011
The Commodores close out play before the holiday break with a game against the Lafayette Leopards of the Patriot League Wednesday night at Memorial Gym. The game will tip off at 7:07 p.m., and the action can be seen live on FSN South or ESPN3. The radio call from Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson can be heard on the Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College across Middle Tennessee or online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt will close out a three-game home stand against Lafayette before heading home for a few days for the holiday break.
Series Record: 1st meeting.
Last Meeting: NA
Record at Vanderbilt: 1st meeting
Record at Lafayette: NA
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Stallings vs. Lafayette: Coach Stallings has never faced Lafayette.
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com; XM 199
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: FSN South, ESPN3
TV Talent: Dave Neal (pxp), Larry Conley (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
More On The Lafayette Series
- Wednesday’s meeting will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
- Vanderbilt has no players from the state of Pennsylvannia.
- Coach Stallings has never faced Lafayette.
- The Commodores have already faced fellow Patriot League member Bucknell earlier this season (80-68 VU win). All-time, Vanderbilt is 12-3 against the Patriot League.
More on Lafayette
Lafayette is 4-6 on the season, and most recently lost at Sacred Heart, 84-79, on December 11 in their last time out. The Leopards’ four wins have come against St. Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y), Fairleigh Dickenson, and Penn State. Jim Mower leads Lafayette in scoring 18.1 points per game, and Ryan Willen leads the team on the glass with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Taylor Feeling It In Last Three Games
- Vanderbilt rebounded from a Saturday loss to Indiana State with a 99-71 victory over Longwood on Monday at Memorial Gym. Jeffery Taylor led the team with 29 points, one off of his career high.
- Taylor has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games, and is averaging 26.7 points per game in those three games. He is 32-46 from the floor in those three games (69.6%) and 8-12 from three (66.7%).
- The 6’7 senior forward is third in the league in scoring (18.1), fifth in the SEC in field goal percentage, and has made more field goals than any other player in the conference (76).
- It marked the 10th game in double figures for Taylor this season. He has only been held to single digits from the floor onceÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Âagainst Cleveland State on 11/13/11.
- Vanderbilt’s 99 points against Longwood was a season high.
- After playing in two games against Davidson and Indiana State, senior center Festus Ezeli sat out the Longwood game recovering from a right knee injury that sidelined him for six weeks.
- John Jenkins, the SEC’s leading scorer at 20.0 points per game, scored 19 points against Longwood, the 42nd consecutive game in which he has scored in double figures..
- Although the Commodores sport a 7-4 overall record, their RPI is 26th according to RealTimeRPI.com, and VU’s strength of schedule is eighth in the country.
- Vanderbilt is the only team in the SEC that sports three 1,000-point scorers in John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, and Brad Tinsley.
- VU’s four non-conference losses are the most since the 2006-07 campaign.
- Vanderbilt’s game against Lafayette will be their last before the Christmas holiday last until the Commodores travel to Marquette on December 29.
- VU is only shooting 66.4% 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.
Last Time Out – Vanderbilt 99, Longwood 71
Jeffery Taylor scored 29 points, his third consecutive game with 20 or more points, to lead Vanderbilt to a 99-71 victory over Longwood. Taylor was 12-14 from the field and 2-2 from beyond-the-arc against the Lancers. John Jenkins scored 19 points, Lance Goulbourne added his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Brad Tinsley chipped in 12 points in the win.
- Vanderbilt scored a season-high 99 points vs. Longwood. This is the second game of the season where the Commodores have scored 95 points. The previous game of at least 95 points–against Monmouth (11/25/11).
- The Commodores won by 28 points, their largest margin of victory for the season. Prior to tonight, 22 points was the team’s largest margin of victory (against Monmouth, 11/25/11).
- Vanderbilt outrebounded Longwood, 38-32, and moves to 7-1 when outrebounding their opponent.
- The 12 3’s made is the most by VU this season.
- The Commodores tied a season-high with 11 steals.
- VU outscored Longwood, 44-22, in points in the paint, 21-12 in points off of turnovers, 15-14 in second-chance points, 10-0 in fast break points, and 17-12 in bench points.
- Taylor led the team in scoring with 29 points, his third consecutive 20+-point game. Taylor is averaging 26.7 points per game in his last three games.
- Taylor ended one point shy of his career high, set against Davidson on 12/7/11. (30pts).
- Jenkins had his 42nd consecutive game of double-digit scoring with 19 points. Jenkins was 3-9 from three, his seventh game this season with three or more threes.
- Goulbourne had his fourth double-double of his career, first of this season, with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Brad Tinsley added 12 points, his sixth double-digit game of the season. Tinsley also tied his season-high in steals with two.
- Kyle Fuller scored five points, a season-high, and one off of his career high of six (Davidson, 1/2/11). He tied a career-high with five attempted free throws, and set a new career high with three made free throws.