Wednesday Feb. 25, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Ricky McPhee scored 14 points, including a 3-pointer that put Georgia ahead to stay with just under 2 1/2 minutes remaining, and the Bulldogs held on for their second Southeastern Conference win, 61-57 over Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.
Georgia (11-17, 2-11) led by 10 at halftime and stretched the margin as high as 14 in the second half, only to have Vanderbilt (16-11, 5-8) make a game of it down the stretch.
George Drake leaned into the lane to hit a jumper with 4:26 left, giving the Commodores a 54-53 lead and capping a 23-8 spurt that wiped out the Bulldogs' big advantage. But the comeback seemed to sap Vandy's energy -- the visiting team didn't make another shot other than free throws, finishing 31.4 percent from the field.
McPhee got wide open from outside the arc and swished a 3 with 2:21 left, putting Georgia ahead for good at 56-54.
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