Alabama 80, Vanderbilt 71
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ Eric Washington scored 24 points and Alabama bombarded Vanderbilt with 3-pointers Wednesday as the Crimson Tide beat the Commodores 80-71.
Alabama (7-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) hit 11-of-25 3-pointers, including one by Marvin Orange and another by Washington plus a free throw that extended the Tide’s 47-27 halftime lead to 54-27.
Vanderbilt (9-4, 0-1) was 3-of-23 on 3-pointers and was shut out from the arc until the final 1:50. Frank Seckar finally connected to extend the Commodores’ streak of at least one 3-pointer in 300 consecutive games.
Vanderbilt is the only SEC team and one of only four in the nation to hit a 3-point basket in every game since the rule was instituted. The others are UNLV, Penn State and Loyola Marymount.
Roy Rogers had 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Alabama. Freshman Brian Williams added 14.
Drew Maddux and Gianni Cugini led Vandy with 13 each. Billy DiSpaltro had 12.
Washington hit four 3-pointers in the first four minutes as Alabama opened a 16-6 lead.
Trailing 54-27 in the second half, Vanderbilt outscored Alabama 26-9 to pull within 63-53 with 6:22 remaining. Vince Ford sank four foul shots to cap the rally.
The Tide then scored 7 straight points to get the lead back to 17.
Vanderbilt closed to within 78-71 with 25 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Cugini. Williams hit two free throws to seal the victory for Alabama.