Nashville, TN – Kevin Bright nailed a pull-up jumper with 0.8 seconds on the clock that rattled around the rim and backboard before falling through to complete a Commodore rally and beat Georgia 63-62 at Memorial Gym in Nashville. Having seen so many games get away from them their SEC schedule, it was time for a lucky bounce.
“It really feels good to finally be on the other side of that win” said guard Kedren Johnson.
Kevin Bright-Vanderbilt-(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Brights shot went in with 0.6 seconds on the clock, and game officials reviewed the play and pushed the clock back to 0.8. The extra ticks didn’t matter.
The Commodores have won three of their last four games and are trying to climb from the league’s bottom four and avoid opening the SEC Tournament playing on opening night.
Georgia was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds. His last ditch effort at the buzzer bounced off the rim to end the game.
Johnson scored 17 points, and off the bench, Sheldon Jeter matched a career high with 14, all coming in the second half. Bright finished with 11.
Vanderbilt has now won eight straight over Georgia, and was 17-18 at the charity stripe.
Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game, “We were outplayed in a lot of ways, but we were more aggressive in the second half and got it done.”
The Bulldogs haven’t won in Nashville since squeaking out a win in 2006.
This is the second comeback victory this yer for Vanderbilt. The Commodores came back to beat Xavier in an over-time affair December 6th.
Georgia coach Mark Fox said it was a difficult loss.
“Our defense wasn’t very good in the second half, but we were still in a position to win the game.”
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