Vandy upsets No. 16 Florida 77-67 in home finale

By Teresa M. Walker

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28 2012 9:15 p.m. MST

Vanderbilt guard Kedren Johnson, left, moves the ball against Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Jenkins hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, and Vanderbilt beat No. 16 Florida 77-67 on Tuesday night to clinch a first-round bye in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Commodores (21-9, 10-5) outshot the nation's top 3-point shooting team behind Jenkins, and he easily topped his average of 3.9 3-pointers by hitting his first five from beyond the arc. They are tied with Florida for second in the SEC with one game left in the regular season.

Vanderbilt, which snapped a four-game losing streak to the Gators, can finish no worse than third in the SEC going into its finale Saturday at Tennessee. Jeffery Taylor added 18 points and Festus Ezeli had 11.

Bradley Beal scored 16 points, Erving Walker 15, Kenny Boynton 11 for Florida (22-8, 10-5), which has lost two straight. The Gators wrap up the regular season at home against No. 1 Kentucky.

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