Starting guards Jermaine Beal and Brad Tinsley provided the bulk of the offense but did not get enough help from their teammates as 18th-ranked Vanderbilt was upset 72-58 by Georgia on Saturday at Athens, Ga.
The Commodores (17-5, 6-2 in the SEC) were outscored 29-15 over the final 10:49 and lost for the second time in three games. This defeat dropped them to second in the SEC’s Eastern Division, one game behind Kentucky.
Beal led all scorers with 21 points. He made seven of 16 shots overall, including four of nine 3-pointers.
Tinsley added 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and had two steals.
The rest of Vanderbilt’s players combined were 6-for-33 (18.2 percent). Freshman John Jenkins was 0-for-9 (seven of his attempts were 3-pointers), A.J. Ogilvy was 2-for-8 and Jeffery Taylor was 2-for-6.
“We’ve been shooting around 50 percent and (Saturday) night it didn’t seem like anyone could get one to drop," coach Kevin Stllings said. "It’s tough to deal with when you get into point-blank range and you can’t get anything. [Brad Tinsley] and [Jermaine Beal] were really good, but no one else could get anything going.”
Beal scored nine points in a 13-2 run Commodores’ run that capped the first half. His 3-pointer with 53 seconds to go gave VU a 26-23 lead at intermission. They led by as many as eight in the second half, the last time after a Beal jump shot made it 38-30 with 15:06 remaining.
Georgia (10-11, 2-6) committed 21 turnovers but shot 53.2 percent from the field and snapped a three-game losing streak. Travis Leslie and Trey Tompkins led the Bulldogs with 17 points each.