Feb. 10, 2011
Box Score | Notes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Alabama men's basketball team dropped its first decision in its past five games, falling to the Vanderbilt Commodores 81-77 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. The Crimson Tide now stands at 15-8 (7-2 SEC) following the loss while Vanderbilt improves to 17-6 (5-4 SEC).
Junior forward JaMychal Green notched his 19th career double-double with a game-high 23 points, including 19 in the second half, to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 22 points while freshman guard Trevor Releford added 11 points.
"We've hung our hat all year on our ability to defend," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "Today we had a tough time defensively. Vanderbilt did a great job. They shot the ball well from the field, they shot the ball well from the three-point line, they did what they had shown all year with their ability to get to the free-throw line. We couldn't overcome that at the end."
Green tied the score at 71 at the 2:19 mark following his first three-point basket of the season. It was just the second three-point basket of the night for the Tide in 14 attempts. Both teams traded free throws over the next minute with Vanderbilt eventually holding a 76-75 advantage at the 1:20 mark.
After a driving layup by Releford gave the Tide a 77-76 lead with 27 seconds left in the game, Vanderbilt guard Brad Tinsley converted a three-point play to give the Commodores a 79-77 lead with just 17 seconds remaining. Following a Green turnover on Alabama's ensuing possession, Vanderbilt's John Jenkins sealed the game with two free throws.
The game featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes as both teams went toe-to-toe the entire 40 minutes.
Beginning at the 17:41 mark of the second half, Alabama held the Commodores without a field goal for more than five minutes, utilizing an 11-2 run to take a 56-54 lead. During that span, the Tide forced six turnovers, including five straight at one point, flexing its defensive muscle to turn a seven-point deficit into a two-point lead.
Vanderbilt battled back over the next 3:48 to take a 64-59 lead with a 10-3 run of its own, but saw the advantage evaporate as Alabama scored seven straight points, holding the Commodores scoreless for a stretch of just over three minutes to take a 66-64 lead.
The Tide scored 46 points in the paint to Vanderbilt's 18 and shot 30-of-54 (55.6%) on the night, including 28-of-39 (71.7%) on shots inside the three-point line. Alabama also outrebounded the Commodores 28-26, held a 14-12 advantage in the assist column and notched seven steals to Vanderbilt's four.
The Commodores led by as much as 11 points in the first half before the Tide closed the half on an 8-0 run, capped off by a Mitchell three-pointer with five seconds left in the half, to make the score 42-39 at intermission. Mitchell led Alabama with 16 first-half points on 7-of-9 (77.7%) shooting.
The Tide returns home to face Mississippi on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.