Men's Hoops: Foul prone Vandy falls to Tide

The Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team fell to 0-2 in the SEC and 10-5 overall with a 92-79 loss at Alabama on Wednesday night.

The Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team fell to 0-2 in the SEC and 10-5 overall with a 92 to 79 loss at Alabama on Wednesday night. 

Vanderbilt out shot the Tide from everywhere except at the free throw line.  Vanderbilt was called for an incredible 32 fouls resulting in 43 Tide free throws.  The #15 Crimson Tide made 37 of those free throws.

Vanderbilt stayed close with the Tide most of the game and trailed only 37-34 at the half.  However, in the second half the fouls on Vandy began to mount and Alabama built a double digit lead. Vanderbilt fought back, cutting the lead to 6 and 7 points several times.  Each time though, Alabama would counter with a trip to the free throw line to re-establish the lead.

With two minutes remaining in the game and the Tide leading 79-69, senior Chuck Moore hit a three pointer to cut the lead to 79-72.  Chuck would go on to score 18 points for the game including three 3-pointers. Fellow senior Sam Howard was red hot from 3-point range hitting 4 of 8 and scoring 22 points. 

Other scorers included Brendan Plavich with 10; Matt Freije 10; David Przybyszewski 7; Brian Thornton 5; Corey Smith 3; Russell Lakey 2;

Vanderbilt outshoot the Tide from field goal range hitting 28 of 52 of their shots for 53% accuracy.  The Tide hit 25 of 55 of their shots for 45%.  From 3-point range, Vanderbilt was successful on 12 of 30 attempts for 40%.  Alabama hit just 5 of 17 attempts for 29%.   From the free throw line the Commodores hit 11 of 13 shots for 85% compared to the Tides incredible 37 of 43 attempts for 86%.

Alabama out rebounded Vanderbilt, 34-23.

Alabama, which was led in scoring by Erwin Dudley with 24, improved to 14-2 and 2-0 in the SEC with the win.  The Tide plays at Auburn Saturday.  Vanderbilt returns to Memorial Gymnasium to host the Florida Gators in a nationally televised (CBS) game that starts at noon on Saturday. Top Stories