Commodores shut down Georgia, 50-40

A.J. Ogilvy came back from the foot injury that kept him out of the Kentucky game to score 18 points and lead the Commodores (12-4, 1-1) to a 50-40 win over the Georgia Bulldogs (9-8, 0-2) Wednesday night at Memorial Gym.

"I thought our guys played excellent defensively. It was a hard-fought, hard-played game and we did just enough. We played hard defensively, but there are going to be nights like that. Georgia played hard. They had us on the ropes," Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Georgia started the game by scoring on each of their first three possessions to take an early 6-0 lead. Vanderbilt had some good looks in the opening minutes but started the 0-6 from the field, and their only points in the first four minutes of the game were two made free throws by Ogilvy.

Vandy would take their first lead of the game with just under eight minutes left in the first half on a jumper by Darshawn McClellan. That bucket would come in the midst of an 11-0 run that gave the Dores a 19-12 lead.

The Commodores held a 22-18 lead in the closing minutes of the first half. They would score the final four points of the half to head into the intermission with a 26-18 lead.

Neither team would hit a three in the fist half. You could feel the nerves mounting from the Commodore faithful until freshman forward Lance Goulbourne hit a three with 17:20 left in the contest.

Freshman Brad Tinsley would end a three minute scoreless streak for both teams when he drove the baseline and threw down an up and under dunk. That play pushed the Vandy lead to 42-31 and woke up the Memorial crowd of just under 14,000 that had been lulled to sleep with the lack of offense from the two squads.

The Bulldogs would quite the crowd back down with a 7-0 run to pull within four at 42-38. That run would not be enough though because the Black and Gold would close the game on a 8-2 run to get their first win in Southeastern Conference play.

While Vanderbilt struggled on offense, they were excellent on defense holding the Dawgs to 33% shooting on the night. "I didn't even know I could coach a team that could play this well defensively. There will be some nights when we struggle to score. Nevertheless, if we play defense together, all we need to do is hit a few and hopefully that will be enough," Stallings said.

Ogivly was the only Vanderbilt player to end the game in double figures. The foot injury seemed to have healed pretty well since this weekend. "I'm not feeling too bad right now. It just depends on how I wake up in the morning. It's a day-to-day basis," Ogilvy said after the game.

The only Georgia player in double figures was Terrance Woodbury with 10.

Vandy will return to action Saturday night against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State in Starkville. That game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on FSN South.


(VM/Stan Jones)

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