Rapid reaction: Vanderbilt 61, UGA 52

February, 19, 2012
How the game was won: Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins hit four 3-pointers and a layup in a seven-minute stretch during the second half, helping the Commodores (19-8, 8-4) build the game’s first double-digit lead and pull away for a hard-fought road win over Georgia (12-14, 3-9).

Turning point: Georgia actually led 40-35 with 13:38 left in the game, but Jenkins led a 15-0 run to put the Commodores up 50-40 with 8:05 remaining.
Stat of the game: 19:03. Neither team recorded an offensive rebound until Nemanja Djurisic’s tip-in with 57 seconds left in the first half gave Georgia a 29-25 lead.

Player of the game: Jenkins. One of the league’s top shooters, Jenkins entered the game averaging 19.8 points per game and exceeded that average against the Bulldogs. He scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as Vandy rallied from a 29-28 halftime deficit. He was good on 6 of 8 shots from 3-point range.

What it means: Vandy was probably an NCAA tournament team regardless, but the Commodores avoided a loss that could have damaged their tournament chances by pulling away in the second half. Meanwhile, Georgia gave another game effort and fell short in the second half, dropping a step further away from a possible spot in a second-tier postseason tournament.



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.