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Vandy Snaps Bama’s Five-Game Win Streak

Good news for the SEC West last night — Alabama finally lost a game.  Vanderbilt’s 81-77 homecourt win snapped the Tide’s five-game winning streak and pulled the Commodores even with Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee in the SEC East.

While Brad Tinsley’s three-point play with 17 seconds to go provided the key points in VU’s win, it was a play under Vandy’s basket seconds later that has folks talking.  Down two, the Tide’s JaMychal Green drove the ‘Dores’ baseline and appeared to be fouled… but officials ruled he had stepped out of bounds with 6.3 second left to play.  But viewing replays, it looked as if Green’s foot had stayed inbounds.

“He drove the baseline,” Tinsley said after the game.  “I mean, there could’ve been a lot of calls right there.  He just happened to step out of  bounds, I guess.”

“It was in the referees’ hands,” was Green’s take.  “I can’t do anything about it.”

And head coach Anthony Grant?  “All I know is that a call was made and we have to respect the call that was made.”

The Commodores sank two free throws to ice the game on the other end.

Vandy — the SEC’s top scoring team (77.9 ppg) — posted 81 points against Bama’s top-ranked defense (57.1 ppg).  Advantage: Offense.  At least last night on Vanderbilt’s home floor.

Alabama hasn’t won at Memorial Gym in Nashville since 1990.  Vandy is now 5-4 in the East in second place, 2.5 games behind Florida.  Alabama’s lead in the West has been cut to two games (over Mississippi State).

 


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