, Georiga (PressExposure) March 22, 2009 -- Georgia Bulldogs felt no pressure going into Wednesday night's game against Vanderbilt. Over all they've gone 11-17 and have secured a last place standing in the Southeastern East Division.
Perhaps that's why they did so well.
Georgia snapped Vanderbilt's four game winning streak and took the game 61-57. The Bulldogs outscored the Commodores 8-3, earning their second win in the conference. Georgia can now claim two wins in the last four games after coming off of an 11 game losing skid.
"It's not going to help our seeding in the NCAA tournament," senior captain Corey Butler said sarcastically. But it's playing for pride. You ask to play on this level because you want to play against world-class athletes.
"You don't stop being a competitor just because you haven't won as much as you'd like."
During the first half, Georgia played well, holding the Commodores at a 25 percent shooting effort from the floor. A.J. Ogilvy led the commodores with only 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Bulldogs landed on top snagging a 34-23 lead into halftime.
"Up in Nashville, we weren't aggressive and we only scored 40 points," interim head coach Pete Herrmann said. "Tonight, we wanted to stay aggressive all game on offense and defense. On defense, we wanted to put pressure on their players and dictate where the ball went. We especially wanted to pressure (A.J.) Ogilvy down low."
Terrance Woodward fouled out early and Georgia sent Vanderbilt to the charity line a total of 26 times.
"We kept telling the players, don't let the referees take away your aggressiveness. The big guys getting in foul trouble early on, there's nothing wrong with it. It shows our aggressiveness, and it set the tone early on."
The second half, the Bulldogs were up by 14 points, but Vanderbilt went on a 23-8 run closing the gap and taking the lead at 54-53. The Bulldogs fell behind with three minutes left in the game, but Ricky Mcphee brought them back with a 3 pointer and cemented the win.
The three pointer gave the Bulldogs a boost and they held on to claim the four point lead.
"I just wanted to be conscious of taking good shots," said McPhee, who scored a game-high 14 points. "I wanted to be sure I made it and not risk taking a fading three or anything like that. But I got the open three at the end, and it was a big shot."
In addition to Ricky Mcphee's 14 points off the bench, including three three pointers, Corey Bulter and Dustin Ware both scored 10 points each. Vanderbilt recorded 14 turnovers in the contest.
"We focused on just remaining composed," said Georgia senior Corey Butler. "We've been in that situation way too many times. We should've learned from this a long time ago. Actually this time we said there was no reason why we shouldn't win this game, and we did."