Vanderbilt had plenty of chances to come back and beat Georgia, but the cold-shooting Commodores couldn't find a way to snap their recent losing streak. They fell to the Bulldogs 70-62 on Wednesday night.
Vandy tied a season-low with just seven turnovers and put up 15 more shots than their opponent but still trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half. The 'Dores used some clutch shooting from Matthew Fisher-Davis and Luke Kornet, but the 'Dawgs knocked down all their important shots from the free throw line to hold off the visiting team's comeback. Damian Jones led all scorers with 16 points, but he had only five boards in a game where Vanderbilt was out-rebounded 37-27.
Georgia and Vanderbilt punched back and forth until UGA took control with a 15-4 run midway through the second half. A cold-shooting Commodore team had few opportunities to punch back, and the Bulldogs' proficiency on the defensive glass prevented many second chances. Vandy was able to limit Georgia's inside scoring, but Kenny Gaines and Nemanja Djurisic led a three-point scoring attack that put their team up early. UGA shot better than 50 percent from long range in the win.
The loss dropped the Commodores to 11-9 and 1-6 in SEC play. They have now lost six straight games. Georgia improved to 14-5 and 5-2 in the conference. Vanderbilt will return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit 13-5 Texas A&M.