(AP) MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Jeffery Taylor led four Vanderbilt players in double figures with 18 points as the Commodores beat rival Middle Tennessee 72-53 Tuesday night.
John Jenkins added 16 points, Festus Ezeli had 15, and Brad Tinsley 10 for Vanderbilt.
The Commodores (9-2) played without forwards Lance Goulbourne and Andre Walker. Goulbourne, the team's second-leading rebounder at 6.7 per game, was not on the bench but was in attendance. A reason for his absence was not immediately disclosed.
Walker, who started the first seven games, has missed the past four with mononucleosis. He's scheduled to make his return for Vanderbilt's next game, Dec. 29 at home against Marquette.
The Commodores built a 14-point lead at the half and the Blue Raiders (4-8) never got closer than eight in the second half. Vanderbilt shot 36 free throws, 26 in the second half, to just 14 for Middle Tennessee.
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