NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Taylor scored 16 points to lead Vanderbilt to an 83-62 victory over Central Arkansas on Wednesday night.
Vanderbilt (3-1) made its first six field-goal attempts and never trailed. The Commodores led by as many as 25 points in the first half and took a 48-29 halftime lead.
"We built a nice lead in the first half and kept our turnovers down," Kevin Stallings, VU head coach, said, "but this wasn't the performance that I was hoping for."
Central Arkansas (2-2) opened the second half with an 18-6 run, including five straight points by Mike Pouncy, but could draw no closer than 12 points with 12:31 remaining.
"We didn't play so well in the second half because we lost patience and they held on to the ball," Stallings added. "We didn't play well with a big lead but this is the first time this season that we've been in that situation."
Taylor made 7-of-10 field goal attempts, including a pair of first-half dunks, and matched his career high while scoring in double figures for his fourth straight game.