Vandy Falls 82-75 to Bama in Tampa

Freshman guard Brad Tinsley scored 20 points, but it was not enough as the Commodores fell to the Alabama Crimson tide 82-75 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Crimson Tide came out fast in this game getting out to an early 10-2 lead. The Commodores would not get their first field goal of the game until 14:26 remaining in the first half.

Vanderbilt would cut the lead to 10-6 after a layup from Jermaine Beal and a layup by George Drake.

After Jeffery Taylor hit two free throws to cut the Alabama lead to 20-17, the Tide went on a 9-0 run that was capped by an Anthony Brock three to make the lead 29-17.

The Commodores would answer with an 11-1 run of their own that cut the Bama lead to 30-28 with 2:15 left in the first half. Vandy would be unable to take that momentum into the intermission though as Alabama finished the half on a 6-2 run.

The Black and Gold's biggest problem in the first half was the sophomore center A.J. Ogilvy only took two shots, one of them being a three.

Vandy would come out of the break just as cold as they opened the game. They would not get their first field goal of the second half until 14:02 remaining in the game. Alabama would go on a 14-6 run to build their lead 50-36.

The Dores would never be able to get any closer than six in the second half. Every time they would make a run Alabama had an answer.

The struggles would continue for Ogilvy in the second half. He would not get his first field goal of the game until there was 56 seconds remaining in the game. This coaching staff has to come up with a way to keep Ogilvy from disappearing in big games for this team to be successful in the coming seasons. A.J. also needs to put the work in this offseason to get stronger so he is not pushed around in conference play.

In addition to Tinsley's 20 the Commodores got double figures from Taylor with 19 and George Drake with 14 off the bench.

The Crimson Tide got double figures from Alonzo Gee with 25, Mikhail Torrance with 20 and JaMychal Green with 13.

Vandy's 19 wins will be enough to get them a bid to the NIT, and it might be enough to allow them to host a first round game at Memorial Gym.


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