Taylor's fast start sends Vandy on its way to rout of Ole Miss

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 9:17pm
Staff reports

About the only thing Jeffery Taylor missed Thursday was his career-high point total.

The senior forward made 10 of 15 field goal attempts, including five of six 3-pointers and scored 28 points in 29 minutes as Vanderbilt crushed Ole Miss 102-76.

The Commodores’ point total was the highest by a Southeastern Conference team in conference play this season. It also was their first of 100 or more versus a conference opponent in nearly 12 years.

Taylor scored the game’s first points on a jumper 24 seconds after the opening tip and made his first 3-pointer a little more than 40 seconds later. Ultimately he made his first seven shots and had 23 points in the first half, which ended with Vanderbilt on top 53-28.

He spent most of the final 10 minutes of the game on the bench, content to let reserves enjoy some playing time even though he was only two points shy of his personal best, which he set earlier this season against Davidson.

He also had a team-high nine rebounds and three assists.

With the victory, Vanderbilt (18-8, 7-4) held on to sole possession of third place in the SEC standings.

As a team the Commodores shot 71.4 percent from the field (17-for-24) and made 10 of 12 3-point attempts over the opening 20 minutes. They scored 31 of the final 38 points of the half.

Ole Miss (15-10, 5-6) came into the game third in the conference in field goal percentage defense but allowed Vanderbilt to shoot 62.5 percent overall (30-48) and 63.2 percent (12-19) on 3-pointers.

John Jenkins put the Commodores ahead to stay with a 3-pointer that made it 8-6. He was a perfect five-for-five from the field, four-for-four on 3-pointers and made 12 free throws (on 15 attempts) for 26 points.

Festus Ezeli added 13 points and four blocked shots.

Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with 14 points, and Murphy Holloway chipped in 13 points and six rebounds.

2 Comments on this post:

By: tafjr19@aol.com on 2/16/12 at 11:40

How fun was that?
Our guys relaxed and just went out there had fun and shot the lights out. It's time for us to win against one of the best like Florida or Kentucky.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/17/12 at 6:22

I have been telling all of my doubter friends who thought that Vanderbilt would lose more than 10 regular season games. This team was a pre-season #7 nationwide. You had to know when you read and saw that ranking that Vanderbilt would not lose more than 10 games during the regular season.