Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 75

(19-12, 8-8 SEC)

Alabama 82

(18-13, 7-9 SEC)

    7:30 PM ET, March 12, 2009

    Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

    1 2 T
    VAN 30 4575
    ALA 36 4682

    Top Performers

    Vanderbilt: J. Taylor 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Alabama: A. Gee 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Charity stripe perfection earns Bama a win in SEC tourney opener

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Alonzo Gee scored 25 points and Alabama went 12-for-12 from the foul line in the final 1:03 to hold off Vanderbilt 82-75 Thursday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

    Mikhail Torrance made all eight of his free throws and finished with 20 points as the Crimson Tide (18-13) continued a strong late-season surge and advanced to Friday's quarterfinals against SEC East co-champion Tennessee.

    Gee bounced back from a poor shooting night in Alabama's 70-67 victory over Tennessee in the regular-season finale to go 9-for-12 from the field and 7-for-8 from the foul line. The Crimson Tide built a 16-point lead, but Brad Tinsley and Jeffery Taylor led a late surge that helped Vanderbilt (19-12) trim its deficit to five in the final minute.

    Tinsley led Vanderbilt with 20 points and Taylor had 17 for the Commodores.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    Team Stat Comparison

     
    VAN
    ALA
    Points 75 82
    FG Made-Attempted 26-65 (.400) 28-59 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-30 (.333) 1-5 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 25-28 (.893)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 16

    2008-09 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Feb 5, 2009 @VAN 79, ALA 74Recap
    » Mar 12, 2009 @ALA 82, VAN 75Recap