ATHENS, Ga. – John Jenkins scored all of his 21 points in the final 14 minutes and No. 18 Vanderbilt rallied from a second-half deficit of 14 points to beat Georgia 64-56 on Wednesday night.
Georgia led 40-26 before Jenkins scored his first points on a 3-pointer with 13:15 remaining to start Vanderbilt's comeback. The Bulldogs' last field goal came on a 3 by Travis Leslie for a 53-40 lead with 9:49 to go.
Led by Jenkins, Vanderbilt (19-6, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) closed the game with a 24-3 run as Georgia managed only three free throws.
The Commodores moved past Georgia (17-8, 6-5) for second place in the SEC East. Gerald Robinson led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
Festus Ezeli had 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks for Vanderbilt, which earned its second SEC road win in five tries.
Jenkins, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in all 25 games this season, including 15 games with 20 or more points. His averages of 19.8 points, including 22.3 in SEC games, lead the league.
After ending his scoring drought, Jenkins had three more 3-pointers in a 12-0 run, capped by another 3 from Brad Tinsley, to cut Georgia's lead to 53-52.
Jenkins' fifth 3-pointer tied the game at 55, and he scored again to give Vanderbilt a 57-55 lead with 2:50 remaining. It was the Commodores' first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
Vanderbilt shot 8 of 37 (21.6 percent) in the first half but trailed only 27-21. Jenkins was scoreless while missing each of his five shots from the field.
Jenkins had a career-high 32 points in the Commodores' 81-77 home win over Kentucky on Saturday.