Vanderbilt 102, Mississippi 76

Jeffery Taylor scored 28 points, John Jenkins added 26 and

Vanderbilt easily defeated Mississippi 102-76 on Thursday

night.

The Commodores (18-8, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) put the

Rebels away early with a blazing first half that featured 70.8

percent shooting from the field (17 of 24), including 83.3 percent

(10 of 12) from 3-point range, on the way to a 53-28 halftime

lead.

Taylor scored 23 of his points in the first half, making 8 of 10

shots, including his first seven. He fell two points short of tying

a career high.

It was embarrassing game for Ole Miss (15-10, 5-6), which

received three technical fouls, including one after the fans threw

ice on the floor for a second time.

Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 14 points. Murphy Holloway

added 13.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and senior Terrance Henry both had

technical fouls by the end of the night. After the game, teammates

Reginald Buckner and Jelan Kendrick had to be separated by the

coaching staff after an argument.

It was the most fight the Rebels showed all night.

Taylor scored on a driving lay-up to give the Commodores a 2-0

lead and kept on hitting shots. He made four 3-pointers, three

regular buckets and a free throw before finally missing – on a free

throw – with 5:33 remaining in the first half.

Ole Miss managed to hang with Vanderbilt’s frantic scoring pace

for a while, pulling within 22-21 on a Demarco Cox dunk with 11:42

remaining in the first half. But the Commodores ended the half on a

31-7 run thanks to their stunning shooting display.

Vanderbilt cooled off in the second half, but by then the game

was decided. The Commodores finished with a 62.5 percent (30 of 48)

shooting percentage from the floor, including 63.2 percent (12 of

19) from behind the 3-point line.

Festus Ezeli added 13 points and four blocked shots.

The game couldn’t end soon enough for the Rebels, who shot 40.3

percent (29 of 72) from the field.

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss came into the game mired in the middle

of a jumbled SEC pack and seeking more clout for an NCAA Tournament

at-large bid.

The Commodores already had the stronger case and did nothing to

diminish that standing. The Rebels – on the other hand – looked

totally outclassed and now have a date against No. 1 Kentucky on

Saturday.

—–

Follow David Brandt on Twitter: (at)davidbrandtAP