Vanderbilt stayed unbeaten in SEC play despite struggling in the first half vs. the visiting Auburn…
Vanderbilt awakens, downs Auburn, 82-74
In the second half, after an early Vandy turnover that resulted in a Tiger dunk, the Commodores got to work chipping away the Auburn lead. A 3-point play by Jeffery Taylor cut the lead to 10 at 45-35 less than a minute into the half. A short time later a Tinsley layup made cut the Tiger lead down to single digits.
Jermaine Beal's layup pulled Vanderbilt to within four at 47-43 with 16:33 left in the game. It would be another Beal layup that pulled Vandy to within one (53-52) with 12 minutes to go. Beal would go on to finish with 14. After quick Auburn mini rally to pull back ahead by five, Vanderbilt scored six points in a row and took the lead for the first time in the game at 55-53 on a John Jenkins 3-pointer with 11:39 to go. Vanderbilt then built their lead to 11 with 4:32 to go on a Tinsley layup. The Commodores would go on to lead by as many as 12 but Auburn would never be able to pull to score to closer than eight points.
In addition to Beal's 14 points, Vanderbilt got healthy production from several players including Taylor led the team in scoring with 18. Ogilvy added 17 and Tinsley 15. Although Vanderbilt was out-rebounded, 33-28, the Commodores outscored the Tigers, 44-34, in the paint.
Auburn was led in scoring by Lucas Hargrove with 19. DeWayne Reed added 16.
After the game Ogilvy discussed Vanderbilt's slow start and the improved second half play, "We were flat to start the first half. Can't put a finger on it, but we played better on the defensive end and got a spark from that. We got a couple scores and that helped get us going."
Vanderbilt improves to 15-3 (4-0 SEC) and will travel to Tennessee on Wednesday. The Commodores are off to their best SEC start since 1965-66. Auburn falls to 10-10 (1-4 SEC) and hosts Ole Miss on Thursday. Vanderbilt now leads the all-time series with Auburn, 80-51.
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