The first half wasn’t pretty. The Dawgs had a whopping 13 turnovers, scored only 4 points in the last 10 minutes and trailed Vandy 26-23 despite the Commodores shooting only 32.3% from the field.
Then the Georgia Bulldogs did something in the second half that they haven’t done yet this year in SEC play – they out-played and out-scored their opponent.
With 14:13 remaining in the game, the Dawgs trailed Vandy 39-32 and were looking as though they might fold. Who could blame them? They were in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and the game was slowly slipping away in the second half. This was something that Georgia had seen happen before…
But this team showed a TON OF HEART, and instead went on a 12-4 run to take a 44-43 lead…a lead that they would not relinquish.
The FSN announcers gave the Player of the Game award to Travis Leslie, who was deserving considering he finished with 17 points (13 in the second half), 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
However, I believe that you could have given the Player of the Game award to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Dustin Ware was apparently under the weather, yet he still played 26 minutes and finished with 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field (his two 3’s were both huge).
Albert Jackson held Vandy’s All-SEC center A.J. Ogilvy to merely 6 points on 2 of 8 from the floor. I don’t know if it was Ogilvy’s frosted-tips or his Aussie accent, but something about him set Ajax off on a mission to shut him down.
Jeremy Price had another solid outing, scoring 8 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
Freshman reserve point guard Vincent Williams gave Coach Mark Fox his best effort of the season, scoring 7 points and dishing 4 assists in only 16 minutes. He also put the proverbial nail in Vandy’s coffin when he buried a three-pointer with 3:53 left to put Georgia up 65-54.
Trey Thompkins put in his usual effort – 17 points, 7 rebounds.
Georgia played outstanding man defense, holding the Commodores to 32.8% shooting on the night. This was the same Vanderbilt team that entered the game as the conference’s best shooting team from the field.
This was Georgia’s third win this season over a ranked opponent (with Georgia Tech and Tennessee being the other two). One interesting thing to note is that in UGA‘s 3 wins over Vandy, Tech and Tennessee, the Dawgs averaged 19 turnovers a game…go figure.
Georgia is now 10-11 overall, and 2-6 in the SEC.
Coach Mark Fox said it best after the game when he announced, “This was the type of game that really makes you feel good about yourself.”
It made me feel pretty good too…