Four points in double figures to lead No. 24/25 Alabama to a 74-72 win at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. — After trailing five at the break, the No. 24-25 Alabama men’s basketball team leveraged a strong second-half start and a free throw that shot down the stretch to record a narrow 74-72 at Vanderbilt Tuesday night to gain victory.

It was the Crimson Tide’s (18-10, 8-7 SEC) third straight win at Memorial Gymnasium — a first for the UA program since it accomplished that feat in the mid-1980s. It was also UA’s fourth win in the team’s last five competitions.

junior guard Jahvon Quinerly came off the bench, scored 19 points and led four Alabama players by double digits. Freshman Guard JD Davison won his first career double-double with a performance of 10 points and 10 rebounds, plus five assists and three steals. Graduate change Noah Gurley added 11 points and three blocks and senior Keon Ellis had 10 points and eight boards in the win.

Vanderbilt (14-13, 6-9) was led by Scotty Pippen Jr. with 24 points, six assists and six steals.

head coach Nate Hafer Post-game comments

“I was really happy with the performance of our boys. We didn’t play very well up front in the first half, we had way too many turnovers. It was a character gain. We had every chance we could to pass. “Things weren’t going our way offensively in the first half… We need to protect better without falling. We had a lot of guys who made big plays for us. Offensively we have room to grow. We’ve got that.” Didn’t shoot ball particularly Well but we hit our free throws tonight We’re not going to win this game without every last free throw we took tonight I’m happy for our lads For us to beat a team like this won four straight SEC games at home and in a place where Alabama has historically struggled for wins, I thought this was a huge character gain for us.

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Team Stats

  • With the four-point win, 18 of the last 19 games between Alabama and Vanderbilt have been decided by 10 points or fewer, with 11 of those contests being decided by five points or fewer
  • Alabama hit 22 of 25 free throws in the competition for an 88.0 percent clip, which was a season high
  • Davison led the tide that matched his career in rebounds and steals while his five dimes led the team
  • The win was UA’s fifth in six encounters between the two teams

First half

  • After a slow start, Vanderbilt scored nine straight points to jump to a 13-5 lead at the 13:28 mark with the help of some early turnovers from The Tide
  • Alabama scored six unanswered points to level the game at 10:53 (13-11), but the Commodores held an 11-5 lead over the next 4:14 to extend their lead to 24-16
  • The two teams traded hoops as Vanderbilt went into the dressing room with a five-point lead
  • Davison led the team with nine points and seven rebounds while Ellis added seven points at the half
  • Vanderbilt took advantage of Tide’s 12 turnovers in the first half to outperform Tide 21-8 in the category

Second half

  • Trailing seven, 42-35 early in the second half, Alabama capitalized on a 14-3 run to finally take the lead 49-45 when Quinerly scored nine straight points during the sprint
  • After the Commodores cut the deficit to two points, the Crimson Tide scored nine straight points to take their biggest lead, 64-53 with 6:57 remaining
  • Vanderbilt would close the gap with a 12-4 run for a 68-65 UA lead in the final two minutes with the Tide stance
  • Alabama finished the game by putting down 7 of 8 free throws in the last five minutes
  • Quinerly made 5-of-9 from the ground, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range as he scored 17 points in the half

Next

  • It will be Senior Day as Alabama takes on South Carolina at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday on the SEC Network.

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