Georgia basketball needed and was due a heartwarming victory like the 80-78 win it got at Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
The young Bulldogs (14-13, 4-10 SEC) won back-to-back SEC games for the first time this season when Tyree Crump drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap an improbable comeback in the final seconds.
It took everything Georgia had from a player personnel standpoint.
Freshmen Anthony Edwards and Toumani Camara fouled out before the final buzzer, Edwards not scoring the final 11 minutes of the game.
Point guard Sahvir Wheeler sat much of the second half after picking up his fourth foul with 17:10 left.
Georgia’s award-winning film crew and colorful broadcasting crew captured a moment that Coach Tom Crean will surely reflect on as the program grows.
“He just kept saying we’re going to find a way to win the game,” Senior Jordan Harris said, asked what Crean was saying in the team huddles as Georgia rallied from an 11-point second half deficit and 5 points down in the final 18 seconds.
“He kept saying we have a bunch of time.”
Crean said his young players had to learn to realize just how much time there is in a game, and not panic.
“I had great faith in them,” Crean said. “We were solid in our walk-through, their spirit and energy has been good.
“The key to the game, to put us in that position, they had 16 points off our turnovers in the first half. In the second half they only had four, that’s the story of the game for us.”
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ICYMI: Rewatch all the excitement at the buzzer in Georgia’s 80-78 victory over Vandy.
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