NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- John Jenkins scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 10 from 3-point range, to lead Vanderbilt to an 82-62 win over Western Kentucky on Wednesday night.
Jenkins, who has led the Commodores (6-1) in scoring the past six games, hit a 3-pointer on the right wing to give Vanderbilt a 22-10 lead and the Hilltoppers (3-4) never got within single digits again.Festus Ezeli added 14 points for the Commodores. The 6-foot-11 junior from Nigeria, who stood a good 5 inches taller than anyone in the Western Kentucky starting lineup, hit all seven of his field-goal attempts and blocked three shots.Freshman Rod Odom made all three of his 3-point attempts for Vanderbilt.Juan Pattillo led Western Kentucky with 18 points and Sergio Kerusch and Caden Dickerson each added 12.Vanderbilt took a 35-17 lead into halftime. The Commodores shot 50 percent from 3-point range (6 of 12), including three consecutive 3s as part of an 11-0 run that pushed their lead to 35-13.Jenkins had eight points at the break. Odom had six on the strength of two 3-pointers and Ezeli had six.Western Kentucky committed 16 turnovers in the first half that led to 17 points the other way.Vanderbilt didn't take great care of the ball in a sloppy first half either, turning it over 12 times. But the Hilltoppers couldn't take advantage, shooting just 8 of 28 (28.6 percent) and making 1 of 9 3 pointers.