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January 19, 2011

Goulbourne leads Vandy past Ole Miss

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Vanderbilt put five players in double-figure scoring, led by Lance Goulbourne's double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds, as the Commodores battled through more injury troubles in a come-from-behind, 84-74 defeat of Ole Miss on Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium.

The Commodores blew a double-digit second half lead, but scored eight-straight points at one point late in the second half to turn a 66-65 deficit to a 73-65 lead in a span of 50 seconds, ending when Brad Tinsley hit a pair of free throws with 4:45 left.

Vandy's Festus Ezeli left the game early after tweaking an already-injured knee, and his backup, Steve Tchiengang, didn't play the second half with injury trouble.

The Commodores had only eight healthy scholarship players available at the beginning of the evening, and Ezeli fouled out with 35.3 seconds remaining, though VU had a 10-point lead at that juncture.

VU shot 50 percent at the break, but trailed 42-39 because of turnovers; the 'Dores committed 10 of them to Ole Miss's three.

A 20-7 run to start the half helped VU build the lead to 10 one point, but the Rebels stormed back to take a one-point lead with 6:43 to play.

John Jenkins (20 points) Tinsley (14), Ezeli (16), and Jeffery Taylor (15) all added double-digit points for Vandy (13-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference).

The Rebels were led by Chris Warren, who had 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Ole Miss, which was out-rebounded 44-27, falls to 12-7 overall, and 0-4 in the SEC.

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