Freshman John Jenkins was 6-for-6 from the field – all 3-pointers – and scored a career-high 20 points as Vanderbilt routed Southern Miss 82-46 Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.
It was the second time in three games the former Station Camp star scored his career-high and the fourth in a row in which he reached double figures. He had scored 10 or more a total of four times in his first nine games.
"John had his best day offensively and that was exciting to see," coach Kevin Stallings said. "His adjustment to the college game is about dealing with the speed and having the confidence that you do in high school. He puts pressure on a defense and you have to utilize that."
The victory was the Commodores’ fourth straight, which matched their longest streak of the season. The last three have been by an average of 37.3 points.
Vanderbilt (10-3) trailed 9-4 with 15:16 to play in the first half when Jenkins checked into the game for the first time. He made his first 3-pointer less than a minute later. His second, with 11:34 remaining in the half, broke a 14-14 tie and started an 8-0 run, which put the Commodores ahead to stay.
Southern Miss (9-4) got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
A.J. Ogilvy made nine of 10 free throw attempts and added 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. As a team Vanderbilt made 21 of 25 (84 percent) foul shots.
Southern Miss shot just 28.1 percent from the field (18-for-64) and made half as many 3-pointers as a team (three) as Jenkins did individually. Forward Gary Flowers led the Golden Eagles with 17 points.
Vanderbilt concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule against Middle Tennessee State, 8 p.m. Monday at Memorial Gymnasium.