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Vanderbilt Shuts Down Georgia, Outlasts the Bulldogs in Athens 59-54

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It wasn't pretty, but Vanderbilt beat Georgia on Wednesday to pick up their second straight SEC victory. Rod Odom had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vandy to within one game of .500 in conference play.

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Vanderbilt's defense came up big to give the Commodores their ninth-straight win over Georgia. The Bulldogs made just 27.3% of their shots in a 59-54 home loss on Wednesday.

Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker led Vandy to a key conference win on a night where both teams took a cue from the weather and went cold for extended stretches. Odom had 16 points and 12 rebounds while Parker had one of his most complete games of the season with 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Vanderbilt trailed early before using a 17-4 run midway through the first half to give the 'Dores a lead they wouldn't relinquish. UGA was able to pull within a single point early in the second half, but Vanderbilt's disruptive defense and a staggering number of mid-range Georgia shots kept the Bulldogs from keeping their grip on fourth-place in the conference. Tyler Echols and Charles Mann came alive from long range to make the final minute interesting, but the 'Dawgs ultimately couldn't make up for their early mistakes.

Mann led Georgia with 20 points. Starting guard Juwan Parker had a notably terrible night, missing every one of his 10 shots on the evening.

The win improves Vanderbilt to 11-8 on the season and 3-4 in conference play. Georgia dropped to 10-9 and 4-3 in the SEC. The Commodores will return to action on Saturday when they host Mississippi State with a chance to climb to .500 in league play.