With No. 23 Vandy nursing a tenuous 61-59 lead and the home crowd roaring, Neltner nailed a 13-foot jumper with 2 minutes left to expand the lead to four. After a Georgia miss, Neltner grabbed a loose ball out of the sky, then scored on a reverse layup as the shot clock ticked down to zero.
Later, it was Neltner grabbing rebounds to end two of Georgia's final three possessions. The Commodore defense clamped down on the Bulldogs down the stretch, holding them scoreless for the game's final 2:31.
"We wanted to come out tonight and just give ourselves a chance in the last few minutes," Neltner said afterwards. "We feel like we're pretty good in the last few minutes with the game on the line."
It was the second straight win and the first SEC road victory of the season for the Commodores (19-4, 4-4 SEC), losers in all four of their previous conference road tilts.
"We needed a quality win on the road and we got it," said Kevin Stallings. "We have been getting a lot of grief for not being able to win on the road, and tonight we had a tough opponent and a tough game, but it was nice to get the monkey off our backs."
"We were pretty good on the road last year," added Neltner. "We were always pretty competitive. It's been kind of a surprise this year, with all these seniors starting and playing a lot of minutes, we were kind of questioning ourselves as to why we've been playing so poorly on the road.
"This was a really big win for us. We've played in some really tough arenas, and maybe that's part of it. But this one was big."
Neltner, with 13 points and 5 rebounds, was one of four Commodore starters in double figures. Alex Gordon had 14 points, Shan Foster had 13 and A.J. Ogilvy 12. Sundiata Gaines and Jeremy Price led the Bulldogs with 16 apiece.
Ignited by four first-half 3-pointers by Gordon, Vanderbilt ended the first period on a 16-5 run to take a 37-30 lead. Though Georgia (11-9, 2-5 SEC) rallied to narrow the deficit to 58-57 with 4:53 left, the Bulldogs never led or tied in the second half.
The Commodores travel to South Carolina Saturday for a 4 p.m. CT clash with the Gamecocks (televised by FSN South), before beginning a four-game homestand.