Dawgs Fall to 0-2 in SEC

NASHVILLE – A stingy Vanderbilt defense held Georgia to just 33 percent shooting and the Bulldogs went the final three minutes without a point as Georgia fell 50-40 to the host Commodores Wednesday night.

"It's hard for our young guys to grasp what I am telling them, but tonight was a major step forward from what we've been dealing with these past couple of games," head coach Dennis Felton said. "We stepped up with our toughness and worked a game that was difficult to win. I feel we made a major step forward in most categories, except turnovers, that we needed to improve in order to be successful."

Georgia (9-8, 0-2 SEC) quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but was outscored 26-12 the rest of the first half as Vanderbilt seized control of game and went to the locker room with a 26-18 halftime advantage. Georgia shot just 33 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes and turned the ball over 12 times. The 18 points was the lowest offensive output in a half by Georgia this season.

However, the Bulldogs slowly chipped into the Vanderbilt lead throughout the second half. A Dustin Ware 3-pointer with 13:44 remaining cut the Vanderbilt lead to five at 36-31, but the Bulldogs would go nearly six minutes without a point as Vanderbilt extended its lead to 42-31.

Georgia would respond by putting together a quick 7-0 run. Terrance Woodbury would end the Georgia drought at the 7:50 mark, then Trey Thompkins would get an easy layup that would cut the lead seven. Corey Butler then hit a 3-pointer to cut the Commodore lead to 42-38. After two Vanderbilt free throws, Albert Jackson converted a layup to keep the Bulldogs within four at 44-40, but Vanderbilt ended the game on a 6-0 run.

Vanderbilt (12-4, 1-1) leads the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding opposing teams to just 36 percent shooting. The tough Commodore defense held the Bulldogs to just 33 percent from the floor on 18 of 54 from the field. Vanderbilt also forced 20 Bulldog turnovers in the game.

Woodbury was the lone Bulldog to score in double-figures, leading the team with 10 points. Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy scored a game-high 18 points.

Georgia will be back in action Sunday when it hosts the Kentucky Wildcats at noon Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum.

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