The Alabama Crimson Tide Men’s Basketball team defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 58-54 in Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide improve to 14-7 overall (6-2 SEC) while the Commodores drop to 8-12 (2-6 SEC). It’s the first win for the Crimson Tide in Memorial Coliseum since the Wimp Sanderson era back in 1990.
Alabama started extremely slow in the first half and did not ever lead. At times, it seemed like Alabama was creeping up on the Commodores to take the lead, but the Crimson Tide kept turning the ball over on the offensive glass and Vanderbilt would respond with buckets. The halftime score was 31-23 Vanderbilt. The ‘Dores were 5 for 7 from three-point land.
The first 8 minutes of the second half were much of the same. Then it seemed, Alabama was keeping up well with the Commodores before Vanderbilt continued to push up and down the court against Alabama. Vanderbilt led 51-40 with 7:37 to go. Then, Alabama seemed to turn the heat up and by the final media timeout with about four minutes to go, Alabama got on a 11-2 run to make it 53-51.
Alabama then tied it up with two free throws coming out of the timeout to tie it up at 53. Vanderbilt got 1 of 2 on free throw attempts and made it 54-53. Then, with less than a minute to go, Trevor Lacey hit a three pointer to give Alabama it’s first lead of the game 56-54. Several fouls committed by Vandy and clutch free throws iced the game from there and Bama took the victory away from the Commodores 58-54.
Trevor Lacey led the team with 17 points and also had 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Lacey was 3-4 from beyond the arc and 6-8 from the charity stripe. 6 of the 7 Tide three-pointers came from Lacey and Andrew Steele, who finished the day with 13. Steele was the only Crimson Tide player with a shooting percentage above 50%.
For Vanderbilt, it was Kedren Johnson had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals to lead Vanderbilt in all three of those categories. Vanderbilt had 16 turnovers to Alabama’s 9. Vanderbilt did outrebound Alabama 26-21 and also had 8 blocks total this afternoon.
Alabama now has to travel to an Auburn team that has lost 6 straight games on Wednesday. Tip is at 7:00pm CT and the SEC Network will carry the game. ESPN3 will have the game if you are outside the coverage area.
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