NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Jenkins led five Commodores in double figures with 20 points, and Vanderbilt beat Mississippi 84-74 Wednesday night to send the Rebels to their worst start in Southeastern Conference play since 2000.
The Commodores (13-4, 2-2) needed this win on their home court after dropping their first two road games in the SEC and falling to the bottom of the Eastern Division.
Mississippi (12-7, 0-4) now is off to its worst league start since dropping its first five SEC games in 2000.
"Vanderbilt was a good basketball team," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. "I thought they attacked us in the second half. Our second half start was not what it needed to be, building off the momentum we built in the first half. The effort was there, but that needs to be a constant for us. I'll never question the fight. I thought our guys fought.
"We're still leaving way too many plays on the floor to beat a good basketball team like Vanderbilt in this arena."
Festus Ezeli had 16 points after going 10 of 12 at the free-throw line for Vanderbilt. Jeff Taylor had 15 points, and Lance Goulbourne had 14 and tied the team record with 16 rebounds for Vanderbilt. Brad Tinsley added 14 points.
Chris Warren and Dundrecous Nelson had 17 apiece for Ole Miss, Zach Graham 14 and Terrance Henry 11.
"I know the guys have really worked," Kennedy said. "They really have. We responded, and really put in some good effort. The energy level was good. I thought we got contributions from a number of different guys. Again, it's just not enough, quite frankly. We've got to get more. We've got to get more out of our group collectively."
Ole Miss returns to action Saturday at LSU. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m.
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