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Vanderbilt Beats Mississippi 65-53

Updated: March 10, 2012 06:39 PM CDT
Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins (23) shoots despite the defense of Mississippi guard Ladarius White (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semi-final round of the 2012 Southeastern Conference tournament. (AP Photo) Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins (23) shoots despite the defense of Mississippi guard Ladarius White (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semi-final round of the 2012 Southeastern Conference tournament. (AP Photo)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John Jenkins scored 23 points, Brad Tinsley added 12 and Vanderbilt beat Mississippi 65-53 in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals on Saturday.

It's the first trip to the SEC championship game for Vanderbilt (23-10) since 1951, when the Commodores beat Kentucky 61-57. They've finally got another chance at a title thanks to timely outside shooting from Jenkins and Tinsley, who combined to hit five 3-pointers in the second half.

Vanderbilt outrebounded Ole Miss 36-29. Lance Goulbourne added 10 points for the Commodores, who will play top-ranked Kentucky on Sunday.

Ole Miss (20-13) briefly took a 32-31 lead early in the second half, but Vanderbilt eventually buried the Rebels with well-timed 3-pointers from Jenkins and Tinsley.

The Rebels were led by Jarvis Summers, who scored 15 points. LaDarius White added 13.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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