February 7, 2008

Vandy tops Dawgs

The Georgia Bulldogs suffered their fourth straight loss Wednesday night, this one coming at the hands of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

The win did not come easily for Vanderbilt, as the lead changed eight times in the game.

"This game was very similar to the last two", said coach Dennis Felton. " We were in position to win going into the closing minute or two, but we just couldn't make the play. (Ross) Neltner hit a huge jump shot with the clock running down. We didn't guard him urgently enough. He got a decent look and he made the shot."

Two Bulldogs had 16 points apiece to lead all players in scoring. Sundiata Gaines had his usual solid performance from the point guard spot, garnering eleven rebounds and four assists in addition to his sixteen points. Freshman Jeremy Price, who had been in a slump as of late, broke out of his funk and brought energy and excitement in addition to his 16 tallies to the Stegeman Coliseum crowd of 6,788. No other Bulldog player broke into double figures in scoring, but freshmen Zac Swansey, Chris Barnes, and Troy Brewer all had solid games and saw significant playing time.

The story of the game for the Bulldogs however was their inability to score in the closing minutes of each half. Georgia scored just five points in the last 7:30 seconds of the first half, and scored just nine points in the closing nine minutes of the game.

"We had our opportunities", said Felton. "We failed to make some shots. It was the story of the game. I'm disappointed in the way we defended. We didn't defend with enough tenacity. We didn't force enough turnovers. You have to put pressure on them." Vanderbilt turned the ball over just nine times in the contest, compared to Georgia's 15. Alex Gordon led Vandy in scoring with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Ross Neltner and Shan Foster added 13 apiece, and freshman A.J. Ogilby contributed with 12.

Georgia travels to Gainesville, Florida on Saturday to take on their division rival, the Florida Gators. Gametime is 3 p.m.

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