Georgia had Vanderbilt on the ropes in Nashville up by five points with 33 seconds remaining. But the Dawgs couldn’t hold the lead and Vanderbilt forced overtime and won the game 96-94.
Trailing by five, Andre Walker somehow made his first 3-pointer of the season. The Dawgs then led by only two, but Dustin Ware was fouled and had two free-throws with 24 seconds remaining. Georgia’s best free-throw shooter at 84% on the year, Ware missed both and left the door open for Vandy. A.J. Ogilvy took the opportunity and scored with 16 seconds remaining.
Mark Fox drew up the Dawgs’ last play, and it was to Travis Leslie who had two tough shots at the basket but missed them both. The Commodores opened up a six point lead in overtime before Georgia could cut it two, with the possibility of a three-point-play, with five seconds remaining. Chris Barnes intentionally missed the free-throw and Dustin Ware grabbed the rebound, but missed the shot with 0.2 seconds remaining. Travis Leslie was able to follow Ware’s miss and make the basket, but it was mere 0.2 seconds after the final buzzer.
The loss is a tough one for the Georgia basketball program, players and fans. The Dawgs were looking for their first road win of the season, but the loss drops them to 0-10 on the road overall and 0-7 in the SEC.
Travis Leslie led five Bulldogs in double-figures with 22 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Trey Thompkins scored 21 points, Dustin Ware 16, Ricky McPhee 14 and Jeremy Price 12.
Georgia faces the Florida Gators at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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- Georgia-Vanderbilt Box Score – ESPN.com
- Georgia’s Upset Bid of Vanderbilt Falls Short in OT – GeorgiaDogs.com
- Gut Wrenching – Georgia Sports Blog