Georgia beats Vandy for 5th straight SEC win

The Georgia Bulldogs looked to be in total control over the Vanderbilt Commodores, leading 55-41 with 7:41 remaining after a pair of free throws from Nemanja Djurisic. But, four minutes later, Vandy found itself within 4 points with 2:31 left following two free throws from Wade Baldwin.

Fortunately for Coach Mark Fox, his team was poised from the line on Tuesday, knocking down 9 of its final 10 shots from the stripe to help seal the 70-62 home win, Georgia’s fifth in a row.

The Dawgs’ shooting in this game was sublime – UGA hit 23 of 25 from the line and 9 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Yet, even though Georgia shot the ball well against the ‘Dores, it was UGA’s sloppiness and defense that enabled Vandy to hang around in this one. The Dawgs committed 16 turnovers to Vandy’s 7, with Charles Mann leading the way with a team-high of 5 turnovers.

Defensively, especially in the first half, Georgia looked slow closing out, making things too easy for Vandy on offense. The Commodores made 8 of 22 from beyond the arc, and that percentage could have been even better if they hadn’t take a slew of desperation three-pointers in the game’s final minute.

Georgia won the rebounding battle 37-27, but its defensive rebounding – which has become a staple of this team – was not strong on Tuesday as they yielded 14 offensive boards to the ‘Dores.

The Dawgs had four players finish in double-digits: Neme (15), Marcus Thornton (14), Kenny Gaines (13) and J.J. Frazier (12).

Winning five consecutive games in conference is no small feat, but Georgia did not appear very crisp in securing this victory. This win puts UGA in a three-way tie for third in the conference with an SEC record of 5-2. Georgia travels to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks on Saturday.

A trip to Lexington next Tuesday to take on #1 Kentucky is certainly looming over the Dawgs’ minds at this point. However, hopefully South Carolina has UGA’s full attention so that Georgia doesn’t suffer a setback over the weekend.

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8 thoughts on “Georgia beats Vandy for 5th straight SEC win

  1. HBTD! 23/25 from the Free Throw line! Now that’s championship stats! This should put us solidly into the Top 25 for the stretch run which looks to be tough on paper! Value every possession and make our Free Throws!

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  2. The free throw shooting down the stretch was great — love to see THAT more often. Kenny Gaines had one of his best all-around games, I thought, including defensively. I believe he was checking their second-leading scorer, who went scoreless, a good bit of the time. Also great to see Neme acting with alacrity on the offensive end. Mann continues to be an enigma in his new role — the game seems to have sped up for him, which is not good.

    The refereeing was lousy but random, which seems like the best one can hope for anymore.

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  3. Go Dawgs! Excited by this win streak. While I know I should just enjoy the moment, I’m afraid I’m getting nervous about Saturday. Gamecocks is looking like a trap game to me. That’s a dangerous team on the road with Kentucky right after.

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  4. Nice win…had hoped we’d blow them out when we got up by 14 but turnovers opened the door for Vandy again. Anyhow, glad they were able to seal the deal down the stretch.

    Am psyched to be in Columbia on Saturday. I snagged seats close to the UGA bench. For anyone contemplating a road trip, tickets are very reasonable ($7 for upper deck seats on Stubhub). Let’s take care of business on Saturday and then get ready to rumble in Rupp!

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  5. Good to win, but yes, again, too sloppy. High long throws, and daydreaming until someone slaps the ball away still happens far too often. But notch that “W” anyway! Those FTs sure were nice! We got $7 lower bowl tix at Colonial Life Arena. (Last time there, we got cursed mightily just for jumping up saying “Yay!” Sweet fans in Columbia.) The chickens are tougher than their record, and we better have our heads on straight. I’m not worried about ranking. It won’t happen unless we put away USC and make a good show at Kentucky. Good write up at SI.com today too. (Not Hoop Dawg level, but we’re blessed here!)

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    1. Agreed. Am glad to hear you’ll be going, too. Am hoping the Augusta and SC Bulldogs will come out. I think we’ll have a lot to cheer about!

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  6. Hoop Dawgs are gaining momentum! A lot of folks that support the football team but typically ignore the Hoop Dawgs are starting to take notice! The Steg should be packed and rocking when we return home next Saturday!

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  7. ESPN experts say:

    28. Georgia Bulldogs

    This is the best shooting team Mark Fox has had in six seasons in Athens. Give a big slice of the credit there to 5-10 sophomore point guard J.J. Frazier, who’s been hot from the perimeter in SEC play. — John Gasaway

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