By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Jenkins led five Commodores in double figures with 20 points, and Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss 84-74 Wednesday night to send the Rebels to their worst start in Southeastern Conference play since 2000.
The Commodores (13-4, 2-2) needed this win on their home court after dropping their first two road games in the SEC and falling to the bottom of the Eastern Division.
Ole Miss (12-7, 0-4) now is off to its worst league start since dropping its first five SEC games in 2000.
Festus Ezeli had 16 points after going 10 of 12 at the free-throw line for Vanderbilt. Jeff Taylor had 15 points, and Lance Goulbourne had 14 and tied the team record with 16 rebounds for Vanderbilt. Brad Tinsley added 14 points.
Chris Warren and Dundrecous Nelson had 17 apiece for Ole Miss, Zach Graham 14 and Terrance Henry 11.
Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.