Tinsley's jumper lifts Vanderbilt
Brad Tinsley hit a 15-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds to play and No. 18 Vanderbilt beat Oregon State 64-62 on Monday night in the championship game of the TicketCity Legends Classic at Izod Center.
John Jenkins, the tournament MVP, finished with 14 points for the Commodores (4-1), who led by eight points with 10:10 to play. Jeffrey Taylor added 13 points and Tinsley had nine.
Devon Collier had 19 points for the Beavers (4-1), while Ahmad Starks added 16.
Vanderbilt, especially Taylor, did an outstanding defensive job on Jared Cunningham, who finished with nine points - two in the second half. The junior guard had scored 35 points against Hofstra and 37 in a semifinal win over Texas, but he just couldn't get open looks against Vanderbilt.
That included the game's final play, when Cunningham drove to the basket as time ran out but Taylor stayed with him and the ball didn't even hit the rim. The Oregon State bench was yelling for a foul, but replays showed it was a clean play by Taylor.
Oregon State used a 5-0 run to get within 57-56 with 4:37 to play. Steve Tchiengang hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds later.
The Beavers tied the game at 60 on a reverse layup by Joe Burton with 2:13 to go. Taylor, who finished with 10 points, gave the Commodores the lead with 1:42 left after gathering a loose ball under the basket.
Oregon State tied it for the last time on a jumper by Starks with 33 seconds to play.
Tinsley took an inbounds pass in the backcourt, dribbled patiently and then made the winning jumper.
Jenkins, who had 28 points in the semifinal win over North Carolina State, struggled from the field and finished 5 of 13.
Cunningham was 3 for 9 from the field against the defensive effort led by Taylor. Oregon State, which entered the game averaging 90.2 points, was just 2 of 14 from 3-point range, with Cunningham missing both of his attempts.
The Beavers were trying for their first 5-0 start since 1985-86.
Vanderbilt, which was seventh in the preseason Top 25, is still without center Festus Ezeli, who is expected to miss about another month with a knee injury