Jan. 14, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and had three assists but it wasn't enough as the Georgia Bulldogs (9-8, 0-3 SEC) fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores (13-3, 3-0 SEC) on the road Saturday afternoon, 77-66.
Sophomore Donte' Williams also contributed with 12 points and three rebounds for Georgia, including the Bulldogs' first four baskets of the afternoon.
Vanderbilt was led by junior guard John Jenkins, who tallied 18 points and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
Vanderbilt took advantage of its inside size scoring 32 points in the paint, compared to only 16 by Georgia.
Additionally, the Commodores shot more than twice as many free throws as the Bulldogs, making 30-of-44 to Georgia's 16-of-20.
"We got beat," said head coach Mark Fox. "We competed really hard but we lost. We couldn't defend, get a stop and rebound consistently without a foul."
"I think we competed hard and I think we stuck are nose in there and really battled," continued Fox. "I think this team is growing, but we just aren't good enough yet and we've got to keep fighting until we get there."
The first half featured three lead changes and four ties with no team ever holding more than a six-point lead.
Georgia's defense got a critical stop on the last possession of the half, forcing John Jenkins to miss a contested three-pointer, which held the Vanderbilt lead to only four as the teams headed to the locker room.
To begin the second half, Caldwell-Pope hit fire from behind the arc and hit three three-pointers to give Georgia a 45-44 lead with 13:53 remaining.
But that's the last lead Georgia would hold.
A three-pointer by junior guard Vincent Williams would pull Georgia to within two with just over four minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs wouldn't make another field goal until there were under two minutes to play.
Still resilient, Georgia had a couple of late opportunities to pull within a possession, but couldn't capitalize, missing its final seven field goal attempts.
The Georgia men's basketball team will return home for its first of three consecutive home games against Tennessee on Wednesday night. The matchup is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. For ticket information, log on to www.georgiadogs.com.