published Saturday, February 12th, 2011

No. 23 Vanderbilt knocks off No. 18 Kentucky 81-77

NASHVILLE — John Jenkins scored a career-high 32 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lift No. 23 Vanderbilt to an 81-77 victory over No. 18 Kentucky on Saturday.

With the win, the Commodores (18-6, 6-4) swept a three-game homestand that will keep them tied for second in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. They came into Saturday tied with Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee two losses behind Florida.

Kentucky (17-7, 5-5) dropped to 1-5 on the road in the SEC this season and to the bottom of the East.

Jenkins had Vanderbilt’s first 30-point game against the Wildcats since Mike Rhodes on Jan. 19, 1980. Festus Ezeli added 14 points, Steve Tchiengang scored all 12 of his in the first half off and Brad Tinsley had 11.

Terrence Jones led Kentucky with 25 points, Brandon Knight had 20 and DeAndre Liggins 10.

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