NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Derrick Byars scored 20 points and Dan Cage had all 19 of his points in the second half to help Number 24 Vanderbilt hold off Georgia 66-61 Saturday night for the Commodores' fifth victory in six games.
Vanderbilt (16-7, 6-3) broke a tie with Georgia (13-8, 5-4) to take took sole possession of third in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The Commodores also won their tenth straight home game and their fourth straight SEC home win -- a first in coach Kevin Stallings' eight seasons.
The Commodores had their problems shooting at times, but managed to bounce back from a 74-64 loss at top-ranked Florida on Wednesday night. They didn't make it easy on themselves by nearly blowing a 13-point lead in the second half, but they went 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 14-point-two seconds to seal the victory. Cage, who missed his first seven shots, got himself going by hitting two free throws in the opening minutes of the second half.
Takais Brown led Georgia with 14 points, Mike Mercer added 13 and Sundiata Gaines 12.