ATHENS, Ga. — Vanderbilt had four players in double figures and fought back from a late, eight-point deficit Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum, but couldn’t find the winning buckets in a 73-70 loss to Georgia.
Georgia shot 58.7 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from distance.
Georgia closed the game after having extended a four-point lead to 68-62 with three minutes to play. Back-to-back 3s from Trey Thomas and Evans, respectively tied the game at 68-68 with 97 seconds on the clock.
Pippen Jr. then found his way through the lane with 44 seconds to go for a spinning layup knotting the score at 70-70. Georgia was able to make three free throws over the final 15 seconds to escape with the victory.
Vanderbilt returns to Memorial Gymnasium this week to host Auburn (10-10, 4-7 SEC) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Vandy (5-9, 1-7 SEC) started Saturday’s game by making four of its first five shots en route to an 8-4 lead. Five minutes into the contest, a Wright steal and layup put the Dores up 12-7.
Georgia answered with seven in a row to retake the lead with an Andrew Garcia layup at 14-12. Three straight 3s, however, by DJ Harvey, Thomas and Evans, respectively, put Vanderbilt back in front 22-18.
The 3-ball kept the Dores rolling in the first half – their fifth triple of the first half came out of the hands of Issac McBride and put Vandy up 33-30. But Georgia went on an 11-0 run right after that building a 41-33 margin.
Vanderbilt trailed 44-37 at the break.
Both teams continued to shoot it well into the second half by combining for a 7 of 14 clips in the first five minutes. An Evans 3 tied the game at 50-50 before Savhir Wheeler’s layup made it 52-50.
After getting down six at one point, Disu scored nine in a row at one point to help get Vandy back even at 59-all. Georgia edged back out to a 66-62 lead and that set up the final 3 1/2 minutes of the contest.
Wheeler led Georgia (11-6, 4-6 SEC) with 16 points.
• Pippen, Disu, Evans, Wright and Ejike Obinna started Saturday’s game for Vanderbilt.
• Pippen is the only Commodore to have started all 14 games for Vandy this season.
• Pippen Jr. had scored at least 15 points in 11 straight games before scoring 12 on Saturday.
• Vanderbilt has now made at least four 3s in 29 consecutive games.
• The Commodores are now 92-55 in the all-time series against Georgia and 31-37 at UGA.
• Vandy last won at Georgia on Jan. 29, 2014.