Vanderbilt also showed off some defense holding Auburn to the fewest points scored this season. For Vanderbilt, it was the fewest points allowed since a 33-31 loss to Mississippi State on Jan. 30, 1982.
Brad Tinsley added 12 points and Festus Ezeli, who has been working his way back from a sprained right knee, started just his second game this season. Ezeli grabbed eight rebounds and scored four points.
Auburn (10-5, 0-1) now has lost four of six overall, and the Tigers have lost five straight SEC openers and eight of their last nine. Leading scorer Kenny Gabriel was held to a season-low two points, well off his 12.6-point average per game. Chris Denson led Auburn with seven.
The Tigers shot 27.3 percent (15 of 55) for the game. Vanderbilt outrebounded the Tigers 42-34 with the Commodores' lone struggles coming at the free throw line where they shot 8 of 16 (50 percent).
The Tigers couldn't have started off more poorly with four fouls before Varez Ward hit their first bucket with a 3 for Auburn's lone lead of the game. Ezeli answered with a pair of free throws to tie it up, and Tinsley finally hit a jumper with 17:09 left for a 5-3 lead with Vandy's first shot attempt that put the Commodores ahead to stay.
Once the Commodores started shooting, they seemingly couldn't miss. Jenkins hit a 3 followed by Taylor's 3. Vanderbilt hit eight of its first nine shots and its first five 3s before Jenkins' first miss with 9:20 left. Even when it looked like Vanderbilt might not get a shot off on one possession with Tinsley nearly losing the ball, the senior guard grabbed it back and tossed it up for a 3 as the shot clock buzzer sounded. Taylor added another for a 30-11 lead with 7:23 left.
Lance Goulbourne hit a 3 to put Vandy up 38-19 at halftime, then the Commodores picked up where they left off in the second half in a 14-2 run. Jenkins' long jumper put Vandy up 49-21 with 16:29 left.
Auburn coach Tony Barbee tried to stem the scoring, taking two timeouts within the first 4 minutes of the second half. It didn't help. Vanderbilt just kept building the lead. The Tigers managed to trim the lead to 22 but got no closer. Dai-Jon Parker's 3 with 4:18 left gave Vanderbilt its biggest lead at 63-33 with the 13th 3-pointer.