Both teams shot extremely well to open the contest connecting on 4-of-4 from the floor. The first miss for either team came when Vanderbilt's three-pointer from the top of the key rimmed out at 17:12.
For the next three minutes the Bulldogs and the Commodores went scoreless until Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars hit a three from the left wing. Byars was 5-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Stukes drained his second three-point shot of the contest to spark a 7-0 Georgia run sending the Bulldogs on top 22-19. Their largest lead of the half came minutes later when Takais Brown went up strong to the hoop giving Georgia a five-point advantage at 33-28.
Vanderbilt took its final lead of the opening stanza at 4:17 when Dan Cage hit a three from the right side putting the Commodores up 34-33. Stukes tipped in his own miss just over one minute later to put the Bulldogs back in front. They would enter the locker room up 40-39. For the half, there were eight lead changes and two ties.
Georgia wasted no time putting up points as they sailed ahead on a 9-3 run over the first 3:09 in the second. Vanderbilt refused to let down and fought back to take their first lead of the half at 11:46 off a dunk by George Drake.
The score remained close over the next several minutes, but the Bulldogs began to distance themselves when Billy Humphrey hit a pair of three-pointers on consecutive trips down the court putting Georgia ahead 75-68. The Commodores would come within four points at the 2:00 mark, but would fail to come any closer for the duration of the contest.
Despite hitting 10-of-16 from beyond the arc in the first, Vanderbilt was held to just 3-of-16 in the second half.
Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, left, puts up a shot over Georgia's Steve Newman during the second half of a basketball game Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 85-73. (AP Photo/Todd Bennett)