ATHENS, Ga. -- Rod Odom scored 16 points on Wednesday night as Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 59-54 and ended the Bulldogs' eight-game home winning streak.
Odom scored Vanderbilt's (11-8, 3-4 SEC) last field goal with 3:23 to play, nailing a 3-pointer to put the Commodores up 44-36. Vanderbilt made 15 of 21 free throws the rest of the way to thwart any comeback efforts by Georgia (10-9, 4-3).
Charles Mann led Georgia with 20 points, hitting 9 of 11 free throws. The Bulldogs shot 27 percent from the field and a woeful 4 for 23 from behind the 3-point line.
Brandon Morris's 3-point basket 90 seconds into the game launched Georgia to an early 8-2 lead. But the Bulldogs did not make another 3 in the first half, missing 11 straight. The streak reached 17 straight misses before Georgia hit three of its last five 3-pointers in the last minute of a desperation comeback attempt.
The teams were tied 12-12 after Morris hit one free throw with 10:17 to play, but Vanderbilt went on a 13-2 run, highlighted by Odom's four-point play.
The Commodores twice led by as much as 10 points, the last time at 27-17 after two free throws by Fuller with 4:51 to play. Vanderbilt did not score again in the first half.
Georgia managed to narrow the gap to 27-21 with 3:42 to play, and then the Bulldogs did not score again in the half.
Georgia took a different approach to start the second half as point guard Mann started to penetrate, getting two early layups and a free throw to help tie the game 28-all with 17:20 to go.
However, Vanderbilt regained the lead. The Commodores never put together a dramatic run, but gradually pulled away from the struggling Bulldogs.
Walk-on Taylor Echols hit a 3-pointer with 57.3 seconds to play that closed the gap for the Bulldogs to 51-44. Another 3-pointer by Mann with 15.8 seconds left cut it to 56-52, but an intentional foul on Georgia's Kenny Paul Geno gave Vandy a chance to ice the game with 3 of 4 free throws.
Morris added 12 points for Georgia, which had not lost a home game since arch-rival Georgia Tech won 80-71 Nov. 15.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.