Boxscore
Vanderbilt 84, Middle Tennessee St. 77
Saturday, January 28, 2012 2:00 PM
Location - Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tennessee
Officials - John Heatly, Mike Nance, Mike Thibodeaux
Attendance - 14316

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Middle Tennessee St. 39 38 77
Vanderbilt 44 40 84

Recap


John Jenkins scored 26 points and Festus Elezi added a season-high 21 as Vanderbilt withstood a heavy test from visiting Middle Tennessee State to win for the 10th time in its last 11 games, 84-77.

Jenkins reached double-digit point totals for the 54th consecutive game for the Commodores (16-5, 5-1 SEC), who shot 50 percent for the game and were outstanding from the free throw line as well, connecting on 24-of-30 attempts, including a career best 11-of-13 for Elezi.

LaRon Dendy recorded 22 points on eight-of-11 shooting for the Blue Raiders (20-3, 9-0 Sun Belt), who led by as many as eight in the first half before a 26-13 run by Vanderbilt gave the Commodores a 44-39 halftime lead. The Blue Raiders shot an impressive 57.4 percent from the floor and battled throughout the second half, leading the game as late as the 2:20 mark before the Commodores took control for good.

This was the first loss for the Blue Raiders since early December, snapping a 12-game win streak.

Vanderbilt has now won five straight over Middle Tennessee State, with its last loss in the series coming in February 1995, and lead the series 29-4 all-time.

Middle Tennessee State remains two wins shy of matching the program’s all-time record of 22 regular season wins, set in 1986-87.

Each school will resume conference play next, with a home game against Arkansas up next for Vanderbilt, and a visit to North Texas for Middle Tennessee State.

Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Raymond Cintron 22:00 3-4 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 8
LaRon Dendy 35:00 8-11 1-2 5-6 2 2 4 2 3 0 3 2 22
Marcos Knight 34:00 3-10 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 2 1 1 2 0 10
Bruce Massey 36:00 3-6 0-1 4-4 0 2 2 5 2 2 2 0 10
J.T. Sulton 23:00 5-8 0-1 2-5 0 5 5 2 5 0 4 0 12
James Gallman 10:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Jason Jones 17:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2
Shawn Jones 2:00 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4
Jimmy Oden 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0
Kerry Hammonds 15:00 2-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 6
Torin Walker 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-47 7-13 16-22 4 17 21 15 23 5 14 2 77
  57.4% 53.8% 72.7% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 14

Vanderbilt Commodores

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Festus Ezeli 30:00 5-8 0-0 11-13 0 4 4 1 4 2 2 2 21
Lance Goulbourne 32:00 3-5 0-1 5-7 3 5 8 1 0 1 1 0 11
John Jenkins 35:00 10-18 4-11 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 0 26
Jeffery Taylor 34:00 6-14 1-3 4-6 4 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 17
Brad Tinsley 24:00 3-4 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 0 9
Steve Tchiengang 10:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0
Kedren Johnson 16:00 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 0
Dai-Jon Parker 11:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Rod Odom 8:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-54 6-19 24-30 9 18 27 11 18 4 9 2 84
  50.0% 31.6% 80.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 9
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