NCAAB Game Recap - Vanderbilt at Georgia
Wed Jan 9, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UVA
83
BC
56
F
TCU
68
Kansas
77
F
VaTec
52
GaTec
49
F
SJSU
53
Nev
92
F
Aub
67
Miss
82
F
Mia-FL
62
FlaSt
68
F
OhSt
61
Rut
64
F
Hou
69
Temp
73
F
Marq
106
Crei
104
F(OT)
GTown
75
Xav
81
F
Vand
63
UGA
82
F
Jacksn
90
KennSt
70
F
Corn
86
Tows
74
F
Tul
48
SoFL
66
F
Lib
71
Stetsn
53
F
LoyMD
70
Lafy
85
F
WVU
69
KansSt
71
F
Dayt
72
GrgWas
66
F
Colg
81
Buck
84
F
Army
86
Boston
82
F
Navy
63
Amer
71
F
LaSal
63
VACom
69
F
Bingha
46
Stony
59
F
StJos
47
StBon
73
F
URI
78
Rich
67
F
UMassL
64
UNH
68
F
Vermt
73
Maine
49
F
UMBC
64
Hartfo
66
F(OT)
David
61
GMas
56
F
Leh
99
HolyC
94
F(OT)
TXAMC
62
NWSt
61
F
AbCh
73
McNee
72
F
NFla
66
Lipsco
81
F
SFA
73
Nich
78
F
SamH
78
CenAR
69
F
NOrl
78
Lamar
71
F(OT)
Clem
53
Syr
61
F
Lou
86
Pitt
89
F(OT)
Ford
61
Duques
66
F
Butl
75
Seton
76
F
Fla
57
Ark
51
F
AzSt
80
Cal
66
F
Fres
78
UtSt
77
F
Iowa
73
NW
63
F
UMass
62
StLou
65
F
CSNor
84
UCRiv
83
F
CAPoly
56
UCSB
65
F
Ariz
75
Stan
70
F
CS-Ful
68
HI
79
F

Jan 9, 2019, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Vanderbilt (9-5)

33

30

63

Georgia (9-5)

34

48

82

Hammonds' big finish leads Georgia past Vanderbilt, 82-63
Wed Jan 9, 2019 9:58 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) After missing each of his four shots in a scoreless first half, Rayshaun Hammonds found a positive attitude.

He also found his shot.

Hammonds scored 19 points, all in the second half, and Georgia bounced back from an ugly loss in its Southeastern Conference opener to beat Vanderbilt 82-63 on Wednesday night.

Derek Ogbeide had 15 points and nine rebounds for Georgia (9-5, 1-1 SEC). The Bulldogs led only 56-55 before finally pulling away with an 18-2 run.

Saben Lee led Vanderbilt (9-5, 0-2) with 12 points. Simisola Shittu had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The win was especially important for first-year coach Tom Crean's Bulldogs following their most lopsided defeat in 60 years, a 96-50 loss at No. 3 Tennessee on Saturday.

"There was no woe is me, how did this happen to us?" Crean said, adding the strong play against the Commodores was "definitely a step" in his team's maturity.

Hammonds said he didn't fully distance himself from the Tennessee game until his big second half.

"In the first half I was letting it linger in my head, but then I sat on the bench and thought about it and came back with a positive attitude," Hammonds said.

Forward Aaron Nesmith had nine points in his first start, joining Shittu to give Vanderbilt two freshmen in its first five.

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said the final eight minutes have been "an Achilles' heel for us ... and today lived true to that."

Nicolas Claxton drew three fouls in the first seven minutes of the second half and went to the bench with Georgia leading 48-41. Hammonds filled the void with a 3-point play and another basket for a 53-41 advantage.

The Commodores answered with a 14-3 run, capped by Matt Ryan's 3-pointer, to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 56-55.

Crean called a timeout and put Claxton and Ogbeide back in the game. The return of the starting forwards sparked the 18-2 run to put the game away.

"We just couldn't get momentum back from that," Drew said.

William "Turtle" Jackson and Tyree Crump sank consecutive 3-pointers to spark Georgia's run. Jackson added another 3-pointer later in the run.

BIG PICTURE

Vanderbilt: The Commodores were resilient in keeping the game close in the second half before Georgia's late run. Shittu, the native of Canada coming off a career-high 21 points in a loss at Mississippi on Saturday, made only 5 of 15 shots from the field.

Georgia: The Bulldogs showed the competitive fire late in the game Crean said was missing at Tennessee. Jackson's 3-pointers were a good sign the senior guard can regain his confidence and give Georgia much-needed backcourt leadership. Georgia showed some improvement in its long-range shooting. After making 1 of 20 3-pointers at Tennessee, the Bulldogs were good on 9 of 26 3s.

QUICK SECOND START

Hammonds' turnaround started only 14 seconds into the second half when the 6-foot-8 sophomore sank a 3-pointer that set the pace for a strong finish for Georgia. "He comes out in the second half and bangs a shot and looks good doing it," Crean said.

T FOR DREW

Drew was called for a technical foul early in the second half as he protested to officials that a foul should have been called on Claxton's block on Shittu under the basket.

BLOCKS LEADER

Claxton had nine points, 12 rebounds and five of Georgia's 12 blocked shots. Claxton leads the SEC with 44 blocks.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt: Visits No. 18 Kentucky on Saturday.

Georgia: Visits No. 11 Auburn on Saturday.

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Leaders

Vanderbilt PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Brown 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. Lee 12 0 2 2 2 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Harris 0 0 0 0 0 1
M. Edwards 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Vand UGA
Points For 63 82
Field Goals 23/70-33% 28/60-47%
Three Pointers 6/25-24% 9/26-35%
Free Throws 11/15-73% 17/23-74%
Offensive Rebounds 18 12
Defensive Rebounds 23 31
Rebounds 46 46
Blocks 2 12
Steals 8 4
Turnovers 10 12
Personal Fouls 20 14
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - UGA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 9 Vand 63 @ UGA 82 M. Ryan 3 T. Fagan 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 9,429
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