Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Jermaine Beal hit four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points as 21st-ranked Vanderbilt topped 14th-ranked Tennessee, 85-76, in an SEC showdown from Thompson-Boling Arena.
A.J. Ogilvy added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Commodores (16-3, 5-0 SEC), who have ripped off 10 straight wins since last losing, on December 11 to Western Kentucky.
J.P. Prince put in 22 points and Scotty Hopson 14 for the Volunteers (15-4, 3-2), who suffered their second consecutive defeat and first of the season at home (10-1). UT lost to Georgia on Saturday to snap a seven-game win streak.
Vanderbilt surged from a six-point deficit early in the second half and opened up a 14-point lead with five minutes to play.
After taking their first lead of the second half, 56-55, on an Ogilvy tip-in just past the midway point, Tinsley and Jenkins knocked down threes during the surge, with Jenkins' making it a 64-58 game.
Beal then capped a 10-0 burst from the visitors with a pair of three-pointers to stretch the margin to 74-60.
The Volunteers inched back to within nine on a Chism layup and Hopson drilled a three moments later for a 76-68 difference with just under three minutes to go.
But layups from Ogilvy and Walker helped the Commodores keep the lead at 10 with the clock winding under a minute left to preserve the win.
A tightly contested first half saw the largest margin held by Vanderbilt, 17-10, seven minutes in courtesy of an eight-point burst.
Tennessee responded by scoring the next eight points, and the Volunteers got some separation at the close of the half when Prince drained a three and Steven Pearl followed with a nice reverse scoop for a 35-31 lead.
With the game tied at 39 three minutes into the second half, Prince knocked down a three and followed that up with an emphatic slam that warranted a technical for hanging on the rim.
Tennessee continued to hold down a slim advantage from there until a Beal triple sparked an 8-2 stretch for the Commodores that yielded their first lead of the second half.