In the first half Georgia Tech built a 31-17 lead with 6:09 to go in the first half. However, Vanderbilt was able to rally and narrow the Yellow Jacket advantage to just two points at 31-29 on a Kyle Fuller 3-point play to end the first stanza.
Just 30 second into the second half the Commodores were able to tie the score at 31 on a tip in by Eric McClellan. Vandy then extended its lead to 43-36 on another 3-point play by Fuller with 13:22 to play.
A dunk by McClellan put the Commodores ahead by 13 (52-39) with 10:29 to go.
A three pointer by Tech's Chris Bolden narrowed the Vandy lead to just 57-48 with 6:03 remaining but that would be as close as the Yellow Jackets could get.
Vandy was able to build a comfortable lead late in the game on free throws and 3-point shots by Rod Odom and even Shelby Moats.
For Vanderbilt Kyle Fuller scored 12 points and had four rebounds. Damian Jones had 9 points and James Siakam tallied 8 points including one thunderous dunk.
A happy Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings reflected on his team's play after the game.
"They made Christmas a lot happier for me," said Stallings. "I told them the only thing I wanted for Christmas was for us to play well. I think they're happy with how things went, and they should be. They played well against a good team."
Vanderbilt improves to 7-3 and next will host Saint Louis on Monday, December 30th.
Dores slam on Georgia Tech, 76-63
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