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Georgia hangs on to defeat Vanderbilt, 76-68

Vanderbilt fell tonight on the road to Georgia and has now dropped their record to 8-10 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. The Commodores played better in the 2nd half but could not get enough stops and the Bulldogs pulled away for the win.

Vanderbilt is in the midst of an actual losing streak now as tonight the Commodores dropped their fourth game in a row as the fell in Athens tonight to the Georgia Bulldogs, 76-68.  

The Commodores started the game off slow and was forced to drive to the basket as the Bulldogs were determined to take away the three point shot. Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew also decided to not start leading scorer Matthew Fisher-Davis due to disciplinary actions from the Commodores loss last Saturday to Tennessee. 

Fisher-Davis did not see the court until 6 minutes and change into the game. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Nolan Cressler, who actually put together a solid game with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. 

Georgia took the lead into halftime at 34-25 and by the way the Commodores played in the 1st half, you would of thought much of the same was coming the the 2nd half.

The Bulldogs controlled the first part of the game but a quick burst by the Dores to start the second, allowed them to bring the game to within three points but that's as close as the game would get. 

Three Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by forward Yante Maten, who chipped in 21 points to lead all scorers. Star guard J.J. Frazier scored 15 points but had an all around good game with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. A big reason towards to Dawgs victory was the play of senior Juwan Parker. Averaging less than 10 points a game, Parker put in 17 points on the night and was hard to find in the Commodores zone defense. 

Vanderbilt shot the ball much better in the 2nd half but overall, did not shoot well from three. Part of that was because of the Georgia defense denying the Dores open looks from the outside. Vanderbilt finished the game shooting 40% from long distance but had to make nine three point shots to get that average on par. 

Commodores senior center Luke Kornet had another outstanding showing. He became the go to guy in the 2nd half when the team needed a basket. He finished with 19 points and 4 rebounds but did an admirable job playing the post, trying to deny the Georgia players a right to the basket. Vanderbilt guard Riley LaChance also chipped in 13 points and made a few clutch three's down the stretch to keep the team in the game. 

Vanderbilt must go back to the drawing board and figure what they can do to get back on the winning side of things. It doesn't get much easier for the Dores as they stay on the road this weekend in Gainesville, Florida set to face the Gators. The game will be nationally televised on CBS and will tip off at 11 am central. 

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