Vanderbilt KO’s Georgia 78-66

Vanderbilt freshman John Jenkins (yes, only a freshman) did not want Mark Fox’s Georgia Bulldogs to advance to the next round of this year’s SEC tournament.

Jenkins took over the second half of this game, hitting 4 three-pointers and scoring 22 of his 25 points.  It didn’t matter what defense the Dawgs were in throughout the second half, the Vanderbilt freshman got plenty of nice looks from beyond the arc (and he certainly capitalized).

For most of the night, Georgia’s defense looked a bit sloppy.  The Dawgs allowed the ‘Dores to connect on 9 of 18 three-point attempts, which essentially was the difference in the game.

It didn’t help that Georgia got out-rebounded 37 to 29, a statistic that the Dawgs have typically dominated in many games this season.

On offense, the Dawgs leading scorer and All-SEC performer, Trey Thompkins, did not convert a basket until one minute into the second half.  Thompkins struggled most of the night on the block, shooting only 6 of 15 from the floor and finishing with 13 points.  Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings had his bigs doubling on Thompkins in the paint at the beginning of the game, and this seemed to take Trey out of his rhythm.  Unfortunately for Georgia, he never really found it either.

Vanderbilt had two key runs in this game that seemed to seal Georgia’s fate.  The first came with 5:03 remaining before the break, when the Commodores went on a 12-2 run to go into halftime up 35-27.  During this five-minute span, the Dawgs went 0 for 9 from the field and looked pretty disorganized on offense.

The second big run for Vandy came in the second half with 11:12 left to play and Georgia trailing 50-44.  Using a barrage of Jenkins’ three’s, the Commodores were able to go on a 19-7 run that put them up 69-51 with only 5:31 left in the game (but for all intensive purposes, the game was already over).

Georgia’s Travis Leslie had the best game of his young career, scoring 34 points on 12 of 23 shooting from the floor.  He also brought down 6 rebounds (5 offensive) and tallied up 4 steals.  He almost single-handedly kept the Dawgs in the game for the first 30 minutes.

The Dawgs best opportunity to overtake Vanderbilt came in the second half with 15:24 remaining in the game.  Vanderbilt’s A.J. Ogilvy and Jeffrey Taylor were both on the bench with 3 fouls apiece.  The Dawgs were only down 42-38, yet they were not able to capitalize with the Vandy bigs on the bench in foul trouble.  The lead would never be as low as four points again in the game.

Honestly, the Dawgs looked pretty tired in the second half.  Most of the Georgia starters have played 30+ minutes a game for a majority of the season, and considering that this was their second game in as many days it might have taken a toll on their legs (except for Leslie’s) and their team defense.

Mark Fox’s first Georgia basketball team finishes the season at 14-17 overall.

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7 thoughts on “Vanderbilt KO’s Georgia 78-66

  1. Oh well. This season was a nice step in the right direction. If Thompkins comes back, he and Leslie have to be the best returning pair in the SEC and maybe nationally.

    Thanks to hoopdawg for doing a great job on the blog all season.

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  2. It was a solid effort by our team even though the shots wouldn’t fall. Vanderbilt came to play and the extra rest created by the first round bye appeared to be huge.

    Leslie was terrific last night. Unfortunately he wasn’t getting much help from Trey. I thought the officiating was horrible, but I could have been seeing it from a biased eye. I think Mark Fox has us going in the right direction and think we can compete for an at large bid in the NCAA next year.

    And excellent job on the blog. I barely commented on the updates, but I checked this place daily and I preferred these posts to the articles on the AJC. I hope you keep this updated throughout the offseason and next year.

    Go Dawgs!

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  3. Our two biggest recruits for next season are already in uniform: Trey and Travis. Throw Robinson in the mix with the talent already in place and the future is bright.

    I will be interested in how a full offseason of conditioning will do.

    Time to recruit.

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  4. Being a die-hard UGA hoops fan can be a solitary endeavor, especially if you don’t live in Athens, so this blog has been like being led out of the wilderness. Fantastic job all season long — made even better by the optimism I think we all feel about the direction of the program. Despite the losing record, being able to look forward with justifiable hopes for better days makes this a great time to be a Bulldog fan. Thanks for your dedication to the cause!

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  5. Vandy did an excellent job denying Trey the ball in the first half last night. Unfortunately, we didn’t respond very well to the double team, mainly because our other bigs ( with the exception of Price at times) don’t work to get open and score. Vandy seemed to concentrate on Trey and also to denying McPhee. This should have created opportunities for Travis (who took advantage) and for our bigs (who did not capitalize). Robinson is, I’m told, a scorer who will give us another option to Trey and Travis. But I still think we need another offensive-minded forward to make the kind of noise we need to contend for an SEC title.

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  6. If Robinson proves to be an effective penetrator, he’ll make guys like Price and Barnes better, and I think we’ll have the offense we need, especially if Ware and Leslie continue to improve their outside shots. Oh, and if Thompkins comes back, of course….

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