Vanderbilt changed its starting lineup but continued its torrid free throw shooting in an 89-72 victory over Arkansas on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Freshman guard John Jenkins started for just the second time and scored 13 points. He made five of eight shots, including three of the team’s five 3-pointers.
His only previous start was Dec. 11 against Western Kentucky. He was held scoreless in that one and the Commodores lost.
Jeffery Taylor led five VU players in double figures with 18 points. A.J. Ogilvy added 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots as Vanderbilt, ranked 16th, won in Fayetteville for the first time in coach Kevin Stallings’ tenure. Stallings now has won on the road against every conference opponent except Mississippi State.
Brad Tinsley, who was replaced by Jenkins in the starting lineup, was a perfect 8-for-8 on free throws and finished with 13 points.
The Commodores scored the first six points of the contest and led all the way to the finish.
Vanderbilt (22-6, 11-3), which leads the SEC in free throw attempts, made its first 13 against Arkansas and 20 of 23 (87 percent) for the game.
Two nights earlier against Georgia the Commodores made 35 of 39. In addition to Tinsley, Taylor was 6-for-6 from the line and Ogilvy was 4-for-5.
Marshawn Powell scored 19 first-half points and finished with a game-high 27 for Arkansas (14-15, 7-7). Courtney Fortson was held to eight points on 3-for-15 shooting.
Vanderbilt now enters the final week of the regular season one game behind Kentucky in the SEC’s Eastern Division. Its next game is Tuesday at Florida and the schedule concludes Saturday against South Carolina.