Vanderbilt 77, Georgia 66

John Jenkins scored 18 points and Jeffery Taylor added 16 as

Vanderbilt held off Georgia 77-66 Saturday for the Commodores’

seventh straight win and to remain undefeated in Southeastern

Conference play.

The Commodores (13-4, 3-0) didn’t lead by more than six until

Lance Goulbourne grabbed a rebound off Festus Ezeli’s missed free

throw and laid it back up for a 68-60 lead with 2:58 left.

Vanderbilt sealed this victory at the free-throw line where the

Commodores hit 15 of 22 in the final 4:53.

Goulbourne finished with 13 points.

Georgia (9-8, 0-3) never went away in losing its third straight

overall and fifth straight in this series. Vincent Williams hit a 3

to pull the Bulldogs within 62-60, but they never got any closer.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a team-high 19 points, including four

3-pointers. Gerald Robinson finished with 15 and Donte’ Williams

added 12 before fouling out.

Vanderbilt wound up outrebounding Georgia 35-27 with a big edge

at the free-throw line (30 of 44) compared to Georgia (16 of

20).

The Bulldogs had plenty of chances in the final 90 seconds.

Taylor was called for a foul and a technical apparently for

yelling. Dustin Ware hit both free throws on the technical with

1:21 left, then Tim Dixon went to the line for what was called a

one-and-one even though both teams were in the bonus. Dixon missed

the first, and Robinson missed a couple 3s in a scrambling

flurry.

Georgia didn’t score again as the Commodores hit 7 of 8 at the

line in the final 1:07.

This was a much tougher game for the Commodores who had been

rolling over opponents in this streak. Vanderbilt led 36-32 at

halftime after a half where Georgia outshot the Commodores and

outworked them on the boards for most of the first 20 minutes.

Donte’ Williams scored the first six points of the game for

Georgia.

Caldwell-Pope, the freshman guard, kept the Bulldogs close in

the second half.

Vanderbilt led by as much as six, the last at 40-34 on a pair of

free throws within the opening minute on Donte’ Williams’ third

foul. Then Caldwell-Pope hit three straight 3s and had another go

in and out. His third gave Georgia its last lead at 45-44 with

13:51 left.

Dai-Jon Parker put Vanderbilt ahead to stay at 46-45, driving

the baseline for a layup with 12:39 to go. That started a 9-2 run,

capped by Rod Odom’s 3-pointer, to match the Commodores’ biggest

lead of the game with 9:20 left. Caldwell-Pope, with Taylor back

guarding him, missed a couple 3s during the stretch.