Two possessions, seven points. For John Jenkins, it would be tough to get any better.
Tied 76-76, Jenkins took over the game, scoring three points after a foul on a three point attempt, and then adding three more on a rare three-pointer and-one situation with 1:36 to go. The combination put Vanderbilt up five and effectively clinched a semifinal spot in the SEC Tournament for the Commodores.
After sitting out Thursday's game with turf toe, Jenkins came back to score 29 points in the Vandy win. Jeffery Taylor added 20 points and five rebounds in a strong effort of his own. Brad Tinsley had 12 points and six assists as well.
Mississippi State made the game a back and forth battle throughout, relying on the talents of Ravern Johnson and Renardo Sidney throughout the game. Sidney was particularly effective down the stretch, burning the Commodores for unchecked layups repeatedly over the final five minutes of play. If not for Jenkins's play, Sidney would have been this game's hero. He finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.
The win gives Vanderbilt a third shot at #12 Florida, a team they've lost to twice so far this year. If the Commodores can win, they'll be in line to press for a #5 seed or better in the NCAA Tournament. They'll get the chance to prove their worth tomorrow at 3:30 ET.
Until tomorrow, everybody do the Scarn!