Vanderbilt rides second-half surge into SEC tournament semifinals

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:57pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt used a huge second-half run to breeze by Georgia and into the SEC Tournament semifinals.

The Commodores trailed by one at halftime but pulled away for a 63-41 victory over the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals on Friday night in New Orleans.

Vanderbilt (22-10), the No. 3 seed, plays Ole Miss in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC. The seventh-seeded Rebels (20-12) upset No. 2 seed Tennessee in overtime earlier in the day.

Down 25-24 at halftime, Brad Tinsley scored five straight points and the Commodores went on a 12-2 run to take a nine-point lead. The 11th-seeded Bulldogs (15-17) were outscored 39-16 in the second half. 

John Jenkins led Vanderbilt with 15 points, Tinsley added 12 and Festus Ezeli and Lance Goulbourne each scored 10 points.

Dustin Ware led Georgia with 10 points.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 3/10/12 at 8:41

Vanderbilt has gotten a luck change. Georgia beats Miss State. Vanderbilt could not beat Miss State. Now Ole Miss beats Tennessee whom Vanderbilt cannot beat.

The Commodores are now reaching their potential.

By: pshipwrite on 3/10/12 at 6:38

Rasputin72, all season long you have made disparaging comments regarding the Vanderbilt's men's basketball team. Why such animosity toward the team? Every Nashville City Paper reader knows your hostility to the team. Every one of your posts reflects it.