NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Matt Freije helped Georgia fall victim at Memorial Gym once again.
Freije scored 19 of his career-high 31 points in the first half as Vanderbilt held off a late run by the 17th-ranked Bulldogs for a 94-91 Southeastern Conference victory.
Vanderbilt (9-8, 2-4 SEC East) ended a three-game losing streak and defeated Georgia at home for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs lost for the fourth time in five games as a ranked team at Memorial Gym and have won just seven times in the last 25 trips here.
Freije started the game with a 3-pointer and nailed another as Vanderbilt built an early 15-8 lead. He had a pair of baskets in a 10-0 run that gave the Commodores the lead for good at 39-30.
Freshman Mario Moore's layup capped a 13-5 burst to open the second half for a 59-43 advantage. Freije nailed a pair of 3-pointers in that run.
A 3-pointer by Moore and a steal and a layup by Russell Lakey gave Vanderbilt its largest lead at 68-51 with 12:26 remaining.
Georgia (12-5, 4-2) put together a furious rally and closed to 83-80 on Damien Wilkins' steal and layup with 2:35 left. The Bulldogs got back the ball with a chance to get closer, but Vanderbilt's Scott Hundley came up with a critical steal.
Hundley and Brian Thornton each split a pair of free throws to help seal the win.
Thornton scored 16 points and Moore and Hundley added 14 apiece as Vanderbilt used sizzling 58 percent (30-of-52) shooting against the worst defensive team in the SEC. Georgia had been allowing 73 points per game.
The Commodores notched their second straight victory over a ranked opponent following a 70-69 victory over Alabama on January 11. They are 2-2 at home against top 25 foes.
Freije made 11-of-15 shots and also led Vanderbilt with nine rebounds. He nailed five 3-pointers as the Commodores drained 9-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc.
Vanderbilt went 11-of-13 from the line over the final 93 seconds, capping a 25-of-34 effort from the stripe.
Georgia got 18 points from Ezra Williams and 16 from former walk-on Richard Wehunt but could not keep up with the terrific shooting of Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs held a 22-6 edge in fast-break points.
Jarvis Hayes and Rashad Wright each scored 14 points for Georgia, which shot 52 percent (31-of-60). But the Bulldogs got just six points each from the forward tandem of Chris Daniels and Steve Thomas, failing to take advantage of Vanderbilt inside.