Georgia Men’s Basketball falls 73-66 against Vanderbilt | Georgia Sports
Georgia men’s basketball lost its sixth straight game Friday night, losing 73-66 to the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Bulldogs drop to 5-12 overall this season with the loss as well as 0-4 in conference.
The Bulldogs have struggled in the second half the past few games, and their second-half struggles continued tonight against Vanderbilt. Georgia was extremely strong around the glass but struggled defensively on the floor. The Bulldogs shot well from the line and from the field, but it wasn’t enough to bring down the Commodores.
“Yeah, I have to go watch the movie to see exactly what it is, but there’s no doubt that I have to consider doing something different in the second half right now, to start the second half , and we just have to watch that. But I’m going to have to go see the movie to get a better answer,” Crean said.
Georgia earned the first tip and veteran guard Aaron Cook scored the game’s first points in the lane. The Bulldogs were elite offensively early on, and a plethora of players scored in the paint, including a corner three from redshirt senior Noah Baumann.
Both teams traded baskets back and forth and shot effectively from the floor. Vanderbilt took their first lead early in the first half with a 6-0 run, giving them a 13-12 lead, but Crean’s unit quickly fought back with a 10-3 run.
Despite struggling defensively early on, the Bulldogs stepped up, holding the Commodores to 36% shooting from the floor in the first half. One of the Bulldogs’ main managers, Jaxon Etter, was electric from the depths. Etter recorded a career high in points, 11, with the second half remaining. Georgia went to the locker room with a 36-28 lead.
Vanderbilt opened the second half with a quick 13-0 run and took a 41-36 lead, but Braelen Bridges ended Georgia’s drought with back-to-back scores down the hall. The Bulldogs began to fight back, cutting the Commodores’ lead to just six points. They kept fighting and found themselves with just under ten minutes to go.
Etter continued his hot streak behind the arc, finishing 4-5 of three for the day and 16 points. The Bulldogs offense slowed down the final stretch of the game and Vanderbilt began to pull away with five minutes left.
The Commodores led 66-56, but the Bulldogs cut their lead to just four with 46 seconds left. Unfortunately, the Commodores sealed the game at the foul line. Georgia now heads to Auburn to take on the Tigers 16-1 as the Bulldogs continue to seek their first conference victory.
“I think the main thing is that we don’t come out with the intensity and the urgency that we need to have in this second half, especially on the defensive end, which means I might have to change the alignment,” Crean said. .