Vanderbilt upsets No. 10 Alabama
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Shan Foster scored a game-high 27 points as
Vanderbilt stormed past 10th-ranked Alabama, 94-73, in a Southeastern
Conference showdown at Memorial Coliseum.
Derrick Byars contributed 15 points, while Ross Neltner added 14 and also
pulled down six rebounds for the Commodores (12-6, 2-2 SEC), who hit a season-
high 15 three-pointers in 28 attempts and shot 58 percent from the floor,
their best effort of the season. Dan Cage and Alex Gordon rounded out the
players in double-figures, each scoring 12 points.
Mykal Riley had 21 points for the Crimson Tide (14-3, 1-2), who have dropped
eight straight road contests against Vanderbilt. Jermareo Davidson scored 18
points, Richard Hendrix donated 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Alonzo Gee
chipped in with 11 points and eight boards.
The Commodores eventually grabbed a 19-16 edge on Ted Skuchas’ jumper, a shot
that started an 11-2 run to open a 28-20 lead with 7:41 to play in the first
Alabama continued to chip away at the deficit, but a suddenly hot Vanderbilt
offense got nearly every shot to fall as the seconds ticked off the clock. A
Byars three-point bucket built the margin to 43-30, in the Commodores’ favor,
with 3:17 to play.
The Crimson Tide made just three shots from the floor over the final five
minutes, as Vanderbilt built a 54-37 lead heading into intermission. Foster
ended with 18 points in the opening 20 minutes, while the Commodores made a
scorching 68 percent of their shots from the hardwood.
Despite trailing badly most of the second half, Alabama managed to pull within
nine, 76-67, with 8:28 remaining in the contest.
The Crimson Tide, however, did not make another shot from the floor until
there was just 1:22 left to play. By that point, Vanderbilt had built a 19-
point cushion and cruised to the finish.
Vanderbilt won the battle of the boards, 26-20…The Crimson Tide made just 36
percent of their shots from the hardwood…Alabama holds a 65-60 edge in the
all-time series with Vanderbilt, but the Crimson Tide have not won at Memorial
Coliseum since 1990…The Commodores upset a ranked team for the second time
in eight days, as they also defeated then-No. 16 Tennessee 82-81 on January