Georgia basketball senior Tyree Crump hit a last-second 3-point shot from the top of the key to lift the Bulldogs to an 80-78 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
Georgia was down five points with less than 18 seconds left before it pulled off the improbable victory in the SEC Network-televised game played in Nashville.
“It was dead-eye perfect,” UGA coach Tom Crean said. “There was no doubt, there was no short-arm, he followed through, he snapped his wrist, it was picture-perfect. He stepped into it, he pounded his last dribble, he went up and he nailed it, and it was huge.”
Commodores’ guard Scottie Pippen Jr. missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left, and Jordan Harris tipped out the second miss to Crump, who raced down court and launched the game-winner.
🧊🧊🧊 Crump for the WIN‼️ https://t.co/8wNHw3rig4
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 23, 2020
It’s the first time Georgia (14-13, 4-10 SEC) has won back-to-back SEC games this season. It gives the Bulldogs a sweep over Volunteer State teams, as they beat Memphis, Tennessee and now Vanderbilt (9-18, 1-13).
“We’ve got a Tennessee state championship,” Crean said, “I kind of like that.”
Georgia also beat No. 13 Auburn, 65-55, on Wednesday, to get much-needed confidence and momentum.
“It’s perseverance, throughout the year,” Harris, who scored a season-high 17 points, said on the Georgia Sports Radio Network. “We’re living in the now.”
The Bulldogs led for just 58 seconds of the 40-minute contest in Memorial Gym, but they were ahead when it mattered most in the end.
Anthony Edwards led UGA with 19 points, and point guard Sahvir Wheeler had 11 points and 5 assists.
Georgia trailed by 11 points in the second half when a Toumani Camara dunk triggered a 12-0 run.
Edwards capped the run with a drive that gave the Bulldogs a 52-51 lead with 11:56 left. It proved to be Edwards’ final points in the game.
The Commodores answered UGA’s big run with an 8-0 burst of their own, however, and the lead was back up to 59-52 with 10:23 left.
Vanderbilt appeared to be in control when Saben Lee, who scored a career-high 34 points, went to the free-throw line and hit two free throws to make it 78-73 with 22 seconds left.
Wheeler raced downcourt and scored on a layup with 17.7 seconds left to narrow the gap to 78-75.
Then it was Lee going back to the free-throw line with 11.3 seconds left.
This time, he missed the front end of the one-and-one. Vanderbilt’s Braelee Albert rebounded the miss, but he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds.
Down three, Wheeler drove to the basket again, drawing a foul with 6 seconds left. Wheeler hit both free throws to make it a 78-77 game.
Edwards fouled Pippen Jr. on the ensuing inbounds, fouling out of the game and setting up the final sequence.
Vanderbilt held a 40-32 lead at the half after leading by as many as 11 points early.
Edwards hit a 3-pointer at the 11:17 mark to cut into that 11-point margin and trigger a 10-0 run that left the Commodores up 20-19.
Moments later, a Wheeler drive tied the game at 25-25.
The Commodores answered with a 7-1 run, and took the 8-point lead into the half when Drew Weikert stole a back-court pass with two seconds left and laid it in.
Georgia returns to action at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at South Carolina (16-11, 8-6).
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