Trailing 14-12 with 14 minutes remaining in the half, an Alex Gordon 3-pointer gave the Commodores a 15-14 lead. Later a George Drake bucket put Vandy up 28-20 with 8 minutes remaining. Another Gordon 3-pointer put the home team up 36-25 with 3:45 remaining in the half. Foster's fourth 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining gave Vanderbilt a 54-37 cushion at the half.
In the second half Vanderbilt led by as much as 25 but everyone knew Alabama would make a run and they did. With 8:15 remaining in the game Richard Hendrix's bucket cut the Commodore lead to just 9 at 76-67. Vanderbilt answered with a Derrick Byars 3-pointer and then Shan Foster made 3 free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to put Vandy up 82-67. Alabama would never threaten again.
Besides Foster, Vanderbilt also got double figure scoring from Derrick Byars, 15; Dan Cage, 12; Ross Neltner, 14 and Alex Gordon, 12. Senior center Ted Skuchas blocked 4 Crimson Tide shots on the night.
Alabama was led in scoring by Mykal Riley who had 21. The visitors out rebounded Vanderbilt, 42-31.
Vanderbilt improves to 12-6 (2-2 SEC) with the win. The Commodores will next travel to Kentucky for a Saturday afternoon game. Alabama drops to 14-3 (1-2 SEC) with the loss. The Crimson Tide will next hosts Georgia on Saturday.
Vanderbilt's Ross Neltner makes a lay-up against Alabama on Wednesday night at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt defeated #10 Alabama, 94-73. (VM/Stan Jones)