Wednesday, January 05, 2005
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By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mario Moore shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points to help lead Vanderbilt to a 70-56 upset of No. 19 Alabama on Wednesday night.
Jason Holwerda also scored 16 points for the Commodores (10-4, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), who won their sixth straight overall and beat the Crimson Tide for the fourth time in a row in the series.
Vanderbilt also won its eighth consecutive SEC opener against Alabama, a streak that started in 1962.
Jermareo Davidson tied his career high with 21 points and Kennedy Winston added 16 for Alabama (11-3, 0-1), which had won six of seven.
The Commodores led 41-29 at halftime and opened the second half with a 17-3 run that gave them a 58-32 lead with 13:24 left, a spurt highlighted by three 3-pointers in the first four minutes -- including two by Shan Foster.
Alabama nearly made a game of it by turning to the press, and that got the Tide going on a 24-6 run and pulled within 64-56 on a three-point play by Davidson with 5:02 left. Vanderbilt didn't let the Tide get any closer.
Moore scored on a layup after a scramble for the ball, then Corey Smith added a layup, and Holwerda dunked for a 70-56 lead with 2:54 to go.
Foster scored 12 points for Vanderbilt, which outshot Alabama 45.2 percent to 38.8 percent (19-of-49). Of the Commodores' 28 field goals, 12 came from 3-point range where they hit 48 percent (12-of-25).
The Commodores also dominated Alabama on the boards 41-25 in holding the Tide to a season-low 56 points.
Vanderbilt clamped down on Earnest Shelton, rotating different defenders on Alabama's leading scorer. Shelton missed his three shots and turned the ball over three times in the first half, once when he stepped over the end line under the Crimson Tide basket.
Shelton came in averaging 17.3 points a game, and didn't score his first points until a 3-pointer at 17:28 of the second half. He finished with eight points.
Dawid Przybyszewski set the tone for the night by opening the game with a 3-pointer, and Vanderbilt never trailed in the first half. Alabama managed to tie the score twice, the last at 11, before Vanderbilt padded its lead by shooting 50 percent from 3-point range in the half.
Mario Moore gave Vanderbilt its biggest lead of the first half at 41-27 when he hit three straight 3-pointers within 58 seconds, the last off his own steal to finish off a fast break with 1:36. Alabama freshman Ronald Steele shaved that edge with two free throws with 1:15 left, the last points of the half and a 41-29 lead for Vanderbilt.