No. 19 Vandy rallies for 81-74 win over MSU

By David Brandt/The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Jeffery Taylor scored 25 points and John Jenkins added 21 as No. 19 Vanderbilt rallied for an 81-74 victory over Mississippi State on Thursday night.

The Commodores (15-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won at Humphrey Coliseum for the first time since 1993, breaking a streak of eight straight losses in Starkville. Vanderbilt trailed by as many as nine points, but used a 12-0 run late in the second half to recover for its third straight victory.

Festus Ezeli added 14 points for Vanderbilt while Lance Goulbourne had nine points and 12 rebounds.

Ravern Johnson scored 19 points and Dee Bost added 18 for the Bulldogs (10-9, 2-3), who shot 26 of 58 (44.8 percent) from the field.

Mississippi State led 37-33 at halftime, holding Vanderbilt to 35.3 percent shooting.

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