Rece Davis said it best, tonight's game changed when Jeffery Taylor was announced in the starting line-up. I have a hard time believing there's been a better performance in a half than Taylor had. 21 points, 8-8 from the floor, 5-5 from downtown, 2-3 from the charity stripe, to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. During Taylor's scorching half, Hubert Davis made a great point about Jeffery's need to be assertive on a regular basis. As Hubert pointed out, Taylor was averaging 11 FGAs heading into tonight's game. That number needs to be 15 or higher. Jeffery Taylor is the Commodores game-changer and tonight, he proved it.
It's worth mentioning that it wasn't just Taylor who played great in the 1st half. Vanderbilt played an exception first half. Shooting 77% from the field and an astonishing 10-12 from downtown. Of the Commodores 17 first half field goals, 14 were assisted.
The game got sloppy as the Rebels fell further and further behind. Make no mistake about it, this was a dominating performance. Vanderbilt hit the century mark and scored the most points in an SEC game this season. Jeffery ended the game with 28, while Jenkins poured in an additional 26. Perhaps the most encouraging stat of the game was the bench, particularly Kedren Johnson who scored 6 points and 5 assists while committing 0 turnovers. The bench netted 24 total, although they certainly got a lot of time given how out of reach this game was.
We'll take it. The Commodores are in sole possession of 3rd place in the SEC and have another big game Sunday against the Bulldogs. If we can sweep this road trip, Commodore fans will have reason to be optimistic (if only for a few minutes)