Georgia continues to play solid basketball as they extend their winning streak to five-straight with a 70-62 victory over Vanderbilt at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Bulldogs used a balanced effort at both ends of the floor to turn away the Commodores. Georgia used an 18-4 second half run to turn a one point deficit into a 53-40 lead. Vanderbilt was able to fight back to within four points with under three-minutes to go but some solid execution and free throw shooting from the Bulldogs enabled them to stave off the threat. Georgia has had its struggles from the free throw line but has been much improved during its current winning streak. The Bulldogs made 7-8 in the final minute of the game and were 23-25 overall from the charity stripe.
Mark Fox wasn't happy with his team's defensive effort early on but the Bulldogs were able to clamp down in the second half and held the Commodores to just 36 percent shooting for the game. Georgia held Vanderbilt's leading scorer Riley LaChance scoreless as he went 0-5 from the field.
After leaning heavily on J.J. Frazier on Saturday, the Bulldogs used a balanced attack Tuesday night. Nemanja Djurisic knocked down three three-pointers and led the Georgia with 15 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Thornton added 14 points while Kenny Gaines chipped in 13.
Frazier finished with 12 and was just 2-7 from the field but was a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Georgia shot 44 percent from the field including 9-17 shooting from three-point territory. Only 16 turnovers by the Bulldogs prevented this game from being a blowout.
Damian Jones led Vanderbilt with 16 points while Luke Kornet and Jeff Roberson finished with 11 points each.
Georgia improves to 14-5 on the season and 5-2 in conference play. Vanderbilt drops to 11-9 on the season and 1-6 in SEC play. The Bulldogs hit the road again on Saturday for a matchup in South Carolina against the Gamecocks.