NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt’s Kevin Bright hit a baseline jumper with just 0.8 seconds remaining to cap off a 17-point comeback, beating Georgia 63-62 Wednesday night at Memorial Gym.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Georgia on Wednesday night.
Georgia was led by sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds—his fifth double-double of the season.
Caldwell-Pope hit a pair of critical 3-pointers in the final seconds but committed a costly turnover, losing a dribble out of bounds with the Bulldogs up by a point near the 19-second mark. That turnover led to Bright's charmed shot, which bounced off the rim and banked in off the backboard.
“It was a difficult loss,” UGA coach Mark Fox. “We were in position to win the game, and that was just a terrible break for Kentavious to have that ball go out of bounds, because he knows he’s going to get fouled and go to the line and then we’re in really good shape. That’s just a terrible break for him. Give (Bright) credit for hitting that shot at the end.
“I thought our defense was good. They missed some shots, but our defense was really good in the first half and we were so poised offensively. I thought we played pretty disciplined basketball in the first half. Their defense was much better in the second half, and you have to give them credit for that.”
After Georgia (13-15, 7-8 SEC) led by as many 17 points early in the second half, Vanderbilt (12-15, 6-9) went on a 16-0 run, capitalizing on six straight empty possessions from Georgia to take a 52-47 lead with five minutes left. Caldwell-Pope responded with six points in the final three minutes to tie the game at 60-60.
Charles Mann hit a pair of free throws to give UGA a 62-61 lead. Following a Vanderbilt miss, Caldwell-Pope grabbed the rebound and dribbled past midcourt before losing the ball out of bounds, allowing Vanderbilt's game-winning possession.
It was a tough defeat for Georgia, which dominated the first half, taking a 34-22 point lead into the halftime break, largely behind Caldwell-Pope’s 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs dominated the glass in the first frame, outrebounding the Commodores 23-9. On defense, Georgia held Vanderbilt to just 25 percent shooting in the first half.
In the second half, Vanderbilt out-rebounded Georgia and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. The Commodores were led by Kedren Johnson, who scored 17 points.
The Bulldogs are now 0-5 this season in games decided by four points or fewer.
Georgia returns to action against Tennessee on Saturday in Athens. The game will tip-off at 1:45 p.m. and will be televised nationally on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs won in Knoxville earlier this month 68-62 — the most recent loss for Tennessee -- and will be going for its first season sweep of the Vols since the 2000-01 season.
Story courtesy of UGA Sports Communications