Vanderbilt changes starters, finishes off Arkansas early

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 3:50pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt changed its starting lineup but continued its torrid free throw shooting in an 89-72 victory over Arkansas on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.

Freshman guard John Jenkins started for just the second time and scored 13 points. He made five of eight shots, including three of the team’s five 3-pointers.

His only previous start was Dec. 11 against Western Kentucky. He was held scoreless in that one and the Commodores lost.

Jeffery Taylor led five VU players in double figures with 18 points. A.J. Ogilvy added 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots as Vanderbilt, ranked 16th, won in Fayetteville for the first time in coach Kevin Stallings’ tenure. Stallings now has won on the road against every conference opponent except Mississippi State.

Brad Tinsley, who was replaced by Jenkins in the starting lineup, was a perfect 8-for-8 on free throws and finished with 13 points.

The Commodores scored the first six points of the contest and led all the way to the finish.

Vanderbilt (22-6, 11-3), which leads the SEC in free throw attempts, made its first 13 against Arkansas and 20 of 23 (87 percent) for the game.

Two nights earlier against Georgia the Commodores made 35 of 39. In addition to Tinsley, Taylor was 6-for-6 from the line and Ogilvy was 4-for-5.

Marshawn Powell scored 19 first-half points and finished with a game-high 27 for Arkansas (14-15, 7-7). Courtney Fortson was held to eight points on 3-for-15 shooting.

Vanderbilt now enters the final week of the regular season one game behind Kentucky in the SEC’s Eastern Division. Its next game is Tuesday at Florida and the schedule concludes Saturday against South Carolina.


6 Comments on this post:

By: dangerlover on 2/27/10 at 4:34

I'm glad Jenkins is all better because your body control your every move.

By: dangerlover on 2/27/10 at 4:38

Sometimes Vandy wins, and sometimes they lose.

By: Dore4Life on 2/28/10 at 12:55

Wow, did you come up a statement something that profound all by yourself?

By: dangerlover on 2/28/10 at 1:13

Jenkins played a good game, which is good for a freshman.

By: fightcrib on 3/1/10 at 3:41

As long as a paid-off Anthony Jordan is not reffing the game, Vandy has a chance to win evergame this year. Anthony Jordan is a corrupt cajun from new Orleans. He refs games like a crooked New Olreans cop watches some white frat boy get beat up at Mardi Graas and turns a blind eye. A veritable disgrace to college basketball officiating.

By: dangerlover on 3/1/10 at 3:45

Yeah but he calls a good game. I mean, he calls a good game if you call calling a bad game good.