John Jenkins made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in a 21-4 second-half run that carried Vanderbilt to a 61-52 victory over Georgia on Sunday at Georgia.
The Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer had a game-high 28 points and missed just three shots from the field on a day when the rest of his team generally struggled offensively.
The Commodores (19-8, 8-4 in the SEC) committed 20 turnovers and endured their worst shooting half of the season en route to their lowest point total in conference play. The only time they scored fewer this season was in a 61-55 non-conference loss to Indiana State in December.
Vanderbilt made just six of 21 from the field (28.6 percent) during the opening 20 minutes and trailed 29-28 at halftime. That was in stark contrast to Thursday’s victory over Ole Miss when it built a 25-points halftime lead with its best shooting half of the season, 70.8 percent (17-24).
Georgia (12-14, 3-8) led by five, 40-35, when Jenkins finally got going. His 3-pointer with 13:22 remaining started the second-half surge. His layup made it 42-40 and put the Commodores ahead to stay with 12:03 to go. He then capped the run with consecutive 3-pointers 55 seconds apart.
He finished eight-for-11 from the field and six-for-eight on 3-pointers. The rest of the team was combined nine-for-29 from the field (31 percent) and four-for-14 on 3-pointers (28.6 percent).
Collectively, the Commodores had just eight assists. They did make 17 of 21 free throws, including 12 of 13 before halftime.
Jeffery Taylor (13 point) was the only other Vanderbilt player in double figures.
Nashville native and TSU transfer Gerald Robinson had a team-high 19 points for Georgia.