Vanderbilt @ Georgia men’s basketball recap

Vanderbilt @ Georgia men’s basketball recap

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Vanderbilt @ Georgia men’s basketball recap


The Georgia men’s basketball team picked up its first conference win in the Tom Crean era Wednesday night with an 82-63 victory over Vanderbilt.

Georgia (9-5), is now 1-1 in SEC play after just two games.  The Bulldogs suffered a disastrous 46-point road loss to Tennessee in Knoxville last Saturday but were able to turn things around completely against the Commodores.

Rayshaun Hammonds, Georgia’s leading scorer, had 19 points on the night, compared to 0 against the Volunteers.  He was followed closely in scoring by Derek Ogbeide, who had 15 points himself.  However, it was not just the big men who made the difference in this one.

Georgia went 9-26 on 3 pointers, up from last game’s abysmal 1-20 stat line.  While making 34.6% of 3 pointers against Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs outscored the Commodores by 19 on 9 less attempts overall.  Georgia also had 17 points off of free throws, compared to the Comkodores’ 11.

What was once a tight back and forth game turned into a big Bulldog lead at the start of the second half.  Georgia went up by 12 points before Vanderbilt cut the lead down to 1, causing a bit of concern.

However, forward Rayshaun Hammonds stepped up significantly to lead the Bulldogs on another run, this time putting game out of reach.  Georgia ended up closing on a 26-8 run since the game was 56-55 at the 9:58 mark of the second half.

Aside from Hammonds and Ogbeide, guards Teshaun Hightower and Tyree Crump had solid games, with 11 and 8 points respectively.  The highlight of the night came after Crump hit a crucial 3-point basket, to the delight of Bulldog great JJ Frazier sitting courtside.

Up next for Georgia is a trip to ‘the Plains’  to play Auburn on Saturday at 4:00 on ESPN 2.

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