ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Jarvis Hayes looks like he is healthy.
Hayes and Ezra Williams each scored 16 points, leading 22nd-ranked Georgia to an 83-70 Southeastern Conference victory over Vanderbilt.
After playing through a hip flexor injury in late January, Hayes has flourished in February and overtaken Williams for the team lead in scoring.
Hayes was key again Saturday, making 6-of-13 shots from the field. The junior forward is averaging 17.2 points per contest.
Williams, who struggled badly in a loss at No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday, rebounded with a solid game as Georgia (14-7, 6-4 SEC East) avoided its third straight loss and improved to 10-0 in Athens this season.
The Bulldogs also exacted a measure of revenge against the Commodores after suffering a 94-91 loss in Nashville on January 29.
Corey Smith netted 14 points and freshman Julian Terrell 13 for the Commodores (10-12, 3-8 East), who fell to 0-9 on the road this season and lost for the 11th straight time overall away from home.
Despite shooting 33 percent (11-of-33) in the first half, the Bulldogs were able to build a 33-28 lead behind nine points from Chris Daniels, who finished with 13. Vanderbilt was even worse from the field in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 29 percent (9-of-31).
"I thought our defensive intensity was outstanding," Georgia coach Jim Harrick said. "It's something we worked on all week."
Daniels and Hayes started the second half with steals and dunks to trigger an 11-0 surge that Daniels capped with a layup for a a 44-28 advantage.
Playing through foul trouble, Daniels finished 5-of-9 from the field and made all three of his foul shots.
Fouls were the order of the afternoon. There were a combined 59 fouls called and 82 free throws in the contest. The Bulldogs went 34-of-45 from the line, while the Commodores were 24-of-37.
"I got an elbow in the head," Harrick said. "I think that's the only foul they didn't call. They stopped the play all the time and that's really hard (to maintain momentum)."
The frustration boiled over for Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, who was ejected early in the second half after picking up two technical fouls.
"I was not frustrated today," Stallings said. "I felt like I had to stand up for our players today because no one else would. I felt that our players were not getting the good end of the whistle. I have never been thrown out of a game before.
"You regret not being in the game but I felt like I had no choice but stand up for our team. I felt like it was responsibility to fight for my team."
The Bulldogs were still ahead by 16 points with just over 16 minutes remaining on a foul shot by Damien Wilkins. But the Commodores showed some life to get back into it.
Brian Thornton scored five straight points to fuel a 13-2 run that Terrell capped with a layup, helping the Commodores close to 52-47 with 11:13 left.
It was still a four-point game with 5:42 left when Jonas Hayes hit a jumper, Jonas Hayes made two free throws and Williams drilled a 3-pointer, making it 69-58 with just over four minutes to go. Georgia led by at least six points the rest of the way.
Williams carried the Bulldogs down the stretch, scoring 11 points in the final 4:15 of the contest.
"I thought our team fought hard today," Stallings said. "We missed a few free throws and did not box out down the stretch. Our team played with maximum effort this afternoon. We were beaten by a better team today."
Vanderbilt leading scorer Matt Freije managed just eight points on 2-of-10 shooting in 19 foul-plagued minutes.