ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Rashad Wright scored 21 points as Georgia
closed its regular season with a 71-61 win over Vanderbilt Saturday
Wright, one of four Georgia seniors honored before the game,
made five of eight 3-point shots. Overall, the Bulldogs made 10 of
16 3-point attempts.
Vanderbilt, held to 20 first-half points, made only six of 16
free-throw attempts and trailed by double figures most of the game.
Freshman Levi Stukes matched his season high with 18 points
while making four of six 3-point attempts.
With 22 seconds left, Georgia coach Dennis Felton called timeout
and gave the Stegeman Coliseum crowd an opportunity to pay tribute
to Wright and the Bulldogs' three other senior starters, who were
playing their final home regular season game.
With the win, Georgia (15-12 overall, 7-9 Southeastern
Conference) secured the No. 5 seed from the East in the SEC
tournament, which begins Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Vanderbilt (19-8, 8-8) had won four of five games but it could
not withstand Georgia's sharp shooting in the first half, when the
Bulldogs built a big lead.
Georgia made 7 of 10 3-point attempts while building a 38-20
halftime lead. In a stretch that covered 5:15, Georgia sank six
straight 3-point attempts, including three by freshman Stukes.
After holding a big lead of 23 points in the first half, at
33-10, Georgia kept the lead in double figures until a basket by
Mario Moore pulled the Commodores to within nine points at 64-55
with 3:25 left to play.
Georgia was held to its season low for points in a game in a
61-39 loss at Vanderbilt on Feb. 11. It returned the favor by
holding the Commodores to 20 first-half points Saturday night --
their low total of the season.
Vanderbilt's Matt Frieje, the SEC leader with his average of
19.6 points per game, was held scoreless the first 14:40 and
finished with eight points.
Moore led Vanderbilt with 11 points. Julian Terrell added 10,
despite making only two of nine free throws.
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