NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - John Jenkins scored 18 points, and Jeff Taylor and Brad Tinsley each added 16 to help 18th-ranked Vanderbilt beat winless Monmouth 95-73 on Friday night.
The game pitted Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings against former assistant King Rice in his first season as Monmouth's head coach.
The Commodores already are without starting center Festus Ezeli due to a sprained knee, and Steve Tchiengang sat with concussion-like symptoms after being hit in the face Monday night against Oregon State in winning the TicketCity Legends Classic in New Jersey.
The Commodores (5-1) didn't need him on a hot-shooting night where they trailed only off the opening bucket. Josh Henderson and Dai-Jon Parker had a career-high 10 points each.
This easily was the toughest game yet for the Hawks (0-6). Jesse Steele scored 25 points, Ed Waite had 15 before fouling out, and Austin Tillotson 11.
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