Vanderbilt extends winning streak to six

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 4:59pm

Georgia coach Dennis Felton wasn't surprised when Vanderbilt heated up Saturday.

Trailing by one point at halftime, the 20th-ranked Commodores shot 63 percent from the field in the second half and pulled away for an 86-74 victory at Memorial Gym.

"It's not something that came out of the blue," Felton said. "They're one of the best teams in the country primarily because they’re one of the best shooting teams in the country."

Vanderbilt (23-4, 8-4 SEC) extended its winning streak to six games and remained one game behind Kentucky for second place in the Southeastern Conference East Division.

Shan Foster scored 29 points and Alex Gordon added 23 to lead the Commodores. Sundiata Gaines had 24 points for Georgia (12-13, 3-9), which led 38-37 at halftime.

The Commodores made 17 of their first 24 shots in the second half to take an 86-68 lead on a 3-pointer by Foster with 4:38 remaining.

Vanderbilt completed a season sweep of Georgia for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

“We got on a little bit of a roll in the second half,” Commodores coach Kevin Stallings said. “I think we wore them down a little. We had a better look to us offensively and defensively.”

Gordon’s play was key for Vanderbilt. The senior guard swished a career-high seven 3-pointers and posted the most points he’s scored in a game since firing in 30 against Tennessee as a freshman.

Gordon’s triple with 14:33 left was his sixth in seven attempts and handed the Commodores a 59-47 lead, their largest of the day to that point.

“Most of the time, my teammates found me and I was just able to knock them down,” Gordon said.

Georgia made a final charge, cutting the lead to 71-62 with 8:42 left on a jumper by Zac Swansey. Vanderbilt answered with a 7-0 run, highlighted by five points from Foster, to finish the Bulldogs.

Georgia has lost eight of its past nine games.

“It’s never easy against Georgia,” Stallings said. “They played hard, played physically and made some shots. We’re happy with the win. We did not expect this to be easy.”

Vanderbilt plays host to Tennessee on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

GOLD NUGGETS: Vanderbilt's 23 wins this season ties for the most under Stallings, in his ninth season at VU. It also ties for the second-most in school history. ...VU has won six straight SEC games for the first time since the 1996-97 season. ...The Commodores are 17-0 at Memorial Gym this season. Vanderbilt had never won more than 16 games in a season at Memorial before this season.

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