Neltner hits 2 key baskets as Vandy holds Georgia 67-59

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Ross Neltner hit two key baskets in the final two minutes, and Number 23 Vanderbilt won its second in a row by holding off slumping Georgia 67-59 tonight in Athens.

Alex Gordon scored 14 points for the Commodores (19-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference), including two free throws with 30.3 seconds left that clinched it.

Vanderbilt looks to be back on track after losing four of six, which took some of the luster off its 16-0 start.

Georgia (11-9, 2-5) is going nowhere. Sundiata Gaines scored off a follow with 2:33 left to close the gap to 61-59, but that was it for the Bulldogs in their fourth straight loss.

The SEC's lowest-scoring team has gone three straight without reaching 60 points.

Neltner, who had 13 points, hit a jumper with 1:57 remaining to stretch the lead to 63-59. He screamed toward the Vandy bench after the ball went through, hitting nothing but net.

Gaines missed and the Commodores took off the other way. Gordon was surrounded by three players as he tried to drive, losing control of the ball, but it deflected straight to Neltner standing all alone on the baseline. His quick reverse layup extended the lead to 65-59 with 56 seconds remaining.

Gaines and Jeremy Price led Georgia with 16 points, but no one else had more than eight. The Bulldogs shot just 38 percent (11-of-29) in the second half.

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