Tide Gets Eighth Straight

The Alabama men's basketball team of Coach Mark Gottfried, ranked 15th in the nation, connected on 37 of 43 free throws Wednesday night in defeating Vanderbilt, 92-79, in a Southeastern Conference game at Coleman Coliseum. The win raised the Crimson Tide record to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in SEC games. It was Alabama's eighth consecutive win.

Bama will make its first SEC roead trip of the season when the Crimson Tide goes to Auburn Saturday. Tipoff will be at 4 p.m. with regional television coverage by Fox.

Erwin Dudley poured in 12 of 15 free throws and also hit six-of-12 field goals for 24 points. Dudley once again had a double-double as he pulled down 11 rebounds, leading Alabama to a commanding 34-23 advantage on the boards. Alabama's dominance in the middle enabled the Tide to score 19 second chance points to only four for Vanderbilt. Bama had 15 offensive rebounds, Vandy only six. Bama had 34 points in the paint, Vanderbilt 28.

Rod Grizzard hit nine-of-nine free throws and had 19 points. Terrance Meade was the only other Alabama player in double figures as he scored 16 points.

Former walk-on Antoine Pettway gave the Tide a big lift as Bama pulled away from the Commodores in the final 10 minutes of the game. Pettway hit his only field goal try, was good on six-of-six free throws and had two assists. Freshman point guard Mo Williams had nine pointds (including four-of-four free throws) and five assists.

Vandy star Matt Freije had only 10 points, all of them coming in the final five minutes after Bama had opened up a double-digit lead. Sam Howard led the Commodores with 22 points.

The visitors had as much as a four-point lead in the very early going, but Bama took the lead for good at 16-15. Alabama had a 37-34 halftime lead. The Tide had a double-digit lead for most of the final eight minutes of the game with a 13-point margin the largest.

Vanderbilt shot very well. the Commodores had three more field goals than Alabama as Vandy hit 52.8 per cent from the field. Vanderbilt was also much better from three-point range, making seven more three-pointers than Alabama, connecting on 12-of-28 tries for 42.9 per cent. Vanderbilt was also good from the free throw line, 84.6 per cent, but shot only 13 foul shots, making 11. Alabama made 46.3 per cent of its field goals, 31.3 per cent of its three-point attempts, and 86 per cent of its free throws.


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