With so much riding on this game for the Bulldogs, both teams have cranked up the defensive intensity. Georgia leads Vanderbilt 27-21 at the half with neither team setting the world on fire offensively. The Bulldogs shot 36% in the first half while Vanderbilt is at a paltry 22%. Yet despite that shooting disparity, Georgia only leads by six at the break.
Vanderbilt has been in a zone defense primarily the entire game forcing the Bulldogs to shoot the ball from the outside. Georgia was 4-10 from three point range in the first half. The danger is that the Bulldogs cannot become complacent offensively and start settling for those long three point attempts in the second half. They must continue to play inside out.
Gerald Robinson leads all scorers with 10 points while Trey Thompkins has seven rebounds at the intermission. For the Commodores, Steve Tchiengang came off the bench to connect on two three pointers and leads the way with six points at the half. Festus Ezeli has had a big impact thus far totaling four points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. Georgia did an excellent job defensively on the SEC's leading scorer John Jenkins who didn't score in the first half while going 0-5 from the floor.