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February 27, 2013

Bright's last-second bucket punctuates VU comeback

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It had been a while since we'd seen Memorial Magic, but a pair of Vanderbilt freshmen and one sophomore reminded us that it's alive and well.

Vanderbilt trailed by 17 in the first half, but a second-half run fueled by Kedren Johnson and Sheldon Jeter buoyed the Commodores to a 63-62 win over Georgia at Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Kevin Bright bounced in a jumper off the rim from the right baseline with 0.8 seconds left to account for the game-winner, as the Commodores improved to 12-15 overall and 6-9 in the Southeastern Conference.

Jeter scored eight-straight points during a run that saw VU go from trailing 47-39 to leading 55-48 in a span of 5:20.

The Bulldogs weren't done, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope draining a long 3 with 1:56 left, cutting the Vandy lead to one. Josh Henderson got a put-back of a Johnson miss on Vandy's next trip to put VU back up three, but Caldwell-Pope drained another 3 with 1:05 left to tie.

Vandy's Johnson hit one of two free throws on VU's next trip. Henderson fouled Charles Mann, who hit two free throws of his own to put UGA back up by one.

VU's Kevin Bright missed a 3 on the next trip with, but Georgia lost the ball out of bounds with 19.2 seconds to play, giving Bright a chance at redemption.

The Commodores had a miserable offensive first half, hitting just 6-of-24 from the field against Georgia's man-to-man. VU also got killed on the glass (23-9) and the score might have been more lopsided than the 34-22 halftime margin had VU not committed just two turnovers.

Caldwell-Pope had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) at the break.

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