Vanderbilt was predicted to finish second from the top in the Southeastern Conference this year, while Alabama was picked to finish second from the bottom in the 14-team league. That much difference may not have been obvious on the Crimson Tide’s trip to Nashville Saturday, but the Commodores, nevertheless, had enough to take a 71-63 win over Bama.
Alabama dropped to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in SEC play, while Vandy improved to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the league.
The Tide, which has had a brutal opening schedule in conference play, continues on the road with a Tuesday game at Auburn. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. CST with the SEC Network televising the game. The Tigers are coming off a 75-70 Saturday win over Kentucky.
Although Bama outshot the Commodores in Memorial Gym in the first half, the Tide trailed by a basket at 33-31 at intermission. Vanderbilt started the second half on a 10-1 run and the Crimson Tide was never able to catch back up.
Vandy used its longtime homecourt formula of making three-point shots (9) and free throws (22) to secure the win.
Shannon Hale led the Tide with 13 points, 11 of them in the first half, while Arthur Edwards had 12, hitting a string of three-pointers in the final two minutes. Retin Obasohan had 10 points. Jimmie Taylor had 8 points and 9 rebounds, but did not score in the second half. Obasohan had seven boards.
Riley Norris, who had 8 three-pointers in scoring 27 points in Bama’s rout of South Carolina in Tuscaloosa Wednesday, opened the game with a three-pointer, but that was his only trey in the game.