'Dores Steam-Roll Tide, 94-73

NASHVILLE- Can you say Memorial Magic? The Vanderbilt Commodores can. On Wednesday night Vanderbilt had five players score in double figures as the Commodores blasted #10 Alabama 94-73. Vanderbilt has already beaten Georgia Tech and Tennessee in Memorial this season to give the Commodores three magical wins over ranked opponents.

Vanderbilt poured in 54 first half points with 15 of them coming from junior Shan Foster who went on to score 27 for the game.

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)

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