Ogilvy, Beal Lead Vanderbilt Over Alabama

NASHVILLE-- Jermaine Beal and A.J. Ogilvy combined for 40 points to lead Vanderbilt (14-8, 3-5) to a second half rally over visiting Alabama (13-9, 3-5), 79-74. The win was the second straight for the young Commodore team after a four game slide.

"It wasn't a thing of beauty. We desperately needed a win. I was proud of how our guys battled. It was like last Saturday at Auburn when we couldn't make free throws. If we have to shoot free throws poorly to get wins, we'll take it. At some point [shooting free throws poorly] will come back and bite you. We had been good at the beginning of the season, but the last two games, we haven't shot well," Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game. Alabama started the game with five quick points when Senario Hillman hit a three on their second possession, but Vanderbilt would answer with a 5-0 run of their own to tie the game capped by a three by Brad Tinsley.

After the Crimson Tide built a 9-5 lead, the Commodores would go on a 7-0 run to take a 12-9 lead with 14 minutes left to play in the first half.

Alonzo Gee would get hot for the Tide midway through the first half, and his four points would fuel an 11-2 run to give them a 20-14 lead with 11 minutes to go before halftime.

Bama built a 33-25 lead late in the first half, but Vandy would get a three from Ogilvy, his second of the half, and a nice turnaround bucket from Festus Ezeli to cut the lead to 33-30 with just over four minutes to play in the first half.

The Crimson Tide would close the half on a 10-6 run to take a 43-36 lead into the intermission.

The Black and Gold turned it on in the second half. A three from Charles Hinkle cut the Alabama lead to one at 49-48 with just under 16 minutes left to play in the contest.

The Dores would take their first lead of the game at 50-49 on an Ogilvy layup with 14:45 left. That bucket came in the middle of a 13-4 run that got the late arriving Memorial crowd into the game.

Vandy would extended their lead to 64-53 after a three and nice layup by Beal. The Tide would close to 64-57 with a couple of quick buckets.

Beal had a shot at a four point play after making a three and getting fouled, but he would miss the free throw that would have extended the 70-59 lead. Bama would answer back with a 15-6 run that included three triples from Anthony Brock to cut the Vandy lead to 76-74 lead with just 3:13 left to play.

Vanderbilt could have put the game away, but they missed four straight free throws in the closing minutes. Luckily they were able to get three stops and then make their final four free throws to seal the 79-74 win.

In addition to the 20 the Dores got from Beal and Ogilvy, they also got 11 from Jeffery Taylor and 10 from Brad Tinsley.

Alabama got 15 from Brock on 5 of 6 from three point land. They also got 12 from JaMychal Green, 11 from Gee and Hillman, and 10 from Mikhail Torrance.

Vandy returns to action on Saturday when the Rebels of Ole Miss come to Memorial Gym. That game tips off at noon and can be seen on CBS.

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