Vanderbilt (15-3, 4-0 SEC) trailed Auburn by as many as 16 in the first half, but fought back and took the lead with 11:39 left on a three-pointer by John Jenkins and went on to defeat the Tigers (10-10, 1-4), 82-74, at Nashville. Auburn started out on fire. Lucas Hargrove led the Tigers in the first half as they built a double digit lead which they carried into halftime. But Jeff Taylor, A.J. Ogilvy, Brad Tinsley and Jermaine "Dollah" Beal brought the Commodores back with Jenkins stroking his three to give Vandy their first lead.
Auburn just couldn't keep their hot shooing up as the 'Dores clamped down on the defensive end.
Hargrove led the Tigers with 19 points on five-of-nine shooting from the field and eight-of-nine from the line. DeWayne Reed had 16 and Frankie Sullivan 14. Reed was three-of-three from the line and Sullivan was four-of-four. The Tigers shot 70% from the line. Tjeu were seven-of-20 from three and 25-of-54 from the field.
Taylor led Vandy with 18, followed by Ogilvy with 17, Beal with 16 and Tinsley with 15. This is a highly talented Vandy team that can beat you inside or outside. I don't see any glaring weakness in this team; they're a great team. If Ogilvy can hold his own against the Chisms and the Pattersons and Demarcus Cousins, Vandy has a chance to challenge for the SEC title and do well in the NCAA Tourney.
Auburn now hosts Ole Miss Thursday Night at 8 on ESPNU and Vandy plays at Tennessee at 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.