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.