Men's Basketball Defeats Vanderbilt in SEC Opener, 68-63

Jan. 7, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 68-63 win over Vanderbilt Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. Senior guard Trevor Releford led the team with 16 points, six assists, and three steals, all of which were team-highs. With the win, Alabama moves to 7-7 on the year, 1-0 in the SEC. Vanderbilt is now 8-5 for the year, 0-1 in the SEC.

"To open up the league, here at home, with a win, I'm certainly excited for our guys," UA Head Coach Anthony Grant said.

Freshman forward Shannon Hale had a career-high 15 points, going 6-of-8 from the field. Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan had 15 points and a team-high four rebounds. Junior guard Levi Randolph had 11 points, four assists, and two steals.

The Crimson Tide was able to capitalize off 16 Vanderbilt turnovers, turning them into 17 points. Alabama also had 13 assists on 25 baskets and outscored the Commodores 11-2 in bench points.

Vanderbilt was led by senior forward Rod Odom who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, both of which were game-highs.

The Crimson Tide will return to action this Saturday, Jan. 11, as they go on the road to face the Georgia Bulldogs. The contest tips off at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by SEC TV and the radio broadcast will be carried by the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

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