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Vanderbilt Beats Mississippi State In SEC Quarterfinals

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ATLANTA (AP) - John Jenkins returned from an injury to score 29 points and Vanderbilt beat Mississippi State 87-81 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Jenkins, the SEC's leading scorer, missed Thursday's win over Louisiana State with a sore left foot. He showed no sign of the injury against the Bulldogs.

Jenkins scored 22 points in the second half, including a three-point play and rare four-point play in the final 2:03.

Jeffery Taylor had 20 points for Vanderbilt (23-9), which will play Florida in Saturday's second SEC semifinal. Alabama will face Kentucky in the first semifinal.

Renardo Sidney had 22 points and Ravern Johnson had 18 for Mississippi State (17-14). Dee Bost had 16.

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