Alabama didn’t start either half particularly well against Vanderbilt. But boy did the Crimson Tide know how to finish them.
The Crimson Tide gave up 6-0 and 9-0 runs to start both halves, but a 22-3 run in the second half proved to be too much for the visiting Commodores. The big second half run was enough to give Alabama its second-consecutive SEC win as it beat Vanderbilt 59-56.
With the win, Alabama improves to 2-0 in SEC play and 9-5 on the season, while Vanderbilt drops to 8-7 and 2-1 in SEC play.
Neither team shot the ball well, as Vanderbilt shot 36 percent from the field while Alabama hit just 32 percent of its shots. Alabama enjoyed a huge margin on the boards, as the Crimson Tide outrebounded Vanderbilt 50-35.
Player of the game: Dazon Ingram
While Ingram didn’t have a huge game scoring wise, no one really did. But the Alabama guard found other ways to stuff the stat sheet, as he finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block. Alabama also got double digit performances from Jimmie Taylor and Ar’Mond Davis, who had 10 and 12 points respectively.
Stat line of the game: Second chance points
Alabama dominated on the boards as it outrebounded the Commodores 50-35. That advantage led to a 18-8 lead in second chance points for the Crimson Tide, which was enough to push them past Vanderbilt.
Turning point: The 22-3 run
Despite being tied at halftime with Vanderbilt, Alabama fell behind by 14 just six minutes into the second half. The Crimson Tide slowly began to chip away at the Vanderbilt lead and eventually reclaimed it thanks to a 20-3 run that spanned over eight minutes. The Crimson Tide went from being down 48-36 to leading 56-51.
What’s next for Alabama basketball
The Crimson Tide are back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Florida Gators. The No. 24 Gators, like the Crimson Tide, are unbeaten in SEC play, as Florida beat Tennessee on Saturday.
Alabama basketball box score