NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Festus Ezeli scored 21 points in helping Vanderbilt beat LSU 76-61 Wednesday night and snap a two-game skid.
Vanderbilt (17-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) had lost at Arkansas and then-No. 12 Florida, which knocked it back out of the Top 25. The Commodores bounced back at home, even though they came out flat and a bit sloppy with a visit Saturday night from No. 1 Kentucky looming.
John Jenkins added 20 points for Vandy, and Jeffery Taylor added 19.
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The Commodores led by 11 three times but couldn’t put LSU away. Andre Stringer hit two free throws to pull the Tigers within 63-59. Ezeli had a one-handed dunk, then Taylor stole the ball leading to a 3-pointer by Jenkins with 4:07 left.
LSU (13-10, 3-6) lost for the fourth time in five games. Reserve Storm Warren had a team-high 13, Anthony Hickey and Ralston Turner had 12 and Justin Hamilton 10.