Georgia snaps losing skid, defeats Vanderbilt 76-64
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Georgia snaps losing skid, defeats Vanderbilt 76-64

Photo: Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

NASHVILLE – Two strong offensive performances from Noah Thomasson and Jabri Abdur-Rahim combined with an all-around team performance through 40 minutes led the way as the Georgia men’s basketball team defeated Vanderbilt, 76-64, on the road at the Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday.

The win snaps the Bulldogs six-game losing streak as well as a four-game losing skid against the Commodores, picking up a road win at the Memorial Gymnasium for the first time since 2020. Thomasson led the scoring efforts for the Bulldogs with 17 points, all coming in the first half powered by five 3-pointers, marking back-to-back games with five or more shots made from behind the arc. Abdur-Rahim followed up with 13 points paired with seven rebounds while Russel Tchewa reached double figure rebounding with 10 boards along with six points and three assists.

Georgia jumped out to a quick 10-2 advantage highlighted by two Thomasson 3-pointers as it opening 4-for-4 from the field. The Bulldogs grew the lead to double digits after finding rhythm from behind the arc, totaling eight 3-pointers in the first half. Thomasson had the hot hand, knocking down five 3-pointers as Georgia held Vanderbilt without a field goal in the last 3:20 of the half to lead 44-28 heading into the locker room. The Bulldogs carried over momentum into the second half, extending a strong shooting night to an 18-point lead. Despite a quick 7-0 run by Vanderbilt to cut the deficit to 51-40, Georgia responded with a 12-0 run to lead 63-40 with just over 10 minutes left to play. The Commodores continued to claw back, but the Bulldogs’ 94-foot game late in the second half was too much as they never trailed on the night en route to securing the road win.

Georgia’s next tilt will see it return to Athens for a big test as it hosts No. 14 Auburn on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. ET at the Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be broadcasted on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs trail the all-time series against the Tigers 96-100, as both programs split the home-and-away last season with Georgia coming out on top 76-64 at the Stegeman Coliseum.

Five Fast Facts

• Noah Thomasson has made five or more 3-pointers in back-to-back games and in three of his last four outings.

• Russel Tchewa rebounded in doubles figures (10) for the fourth time this season and 19th time in his career.

• Jabri Abdur-Rahim has recorded at least one block in three-consecutive games for the first time this season.

• Georgia outrebounded Vanderbilt 39-26 on the night.

• Georgia made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game for the 10th time this season.

Key Quote

Head Coach Mike White: “It’s been a tough few weeks. It’s really gratifying. It feels great to get back in that win column. I’m really proud and happy for our guys. That’s a happy locker room. We’ve talked about this all year, our guys work. They consistently work, consistently bring it, their approach to practice and work overall daily is really good. As good as I’ve ever been around. We had another great practice last night, a pretty sharp shootaround this morning, just had a lot of carry-over. We saw a team that played like they practiced, and we need more of that.”

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