In a contest in which both teams struggled to hit free throws, Jeffery Taylor’s foul shot with six seconds to play lifted Vanderbilt to a come-from-behind 65-64 victory at Alabama on Wednesday.
Taylor missed the first of his two attempts after Alabama’s Tony Mitchell fouled him along the baseline. Following a Crimson Tide timeout, the sophomore made the second.
Alabama’s Anthony Brock missed a running shot in the lane as time expired.
Taylor was 5-for-9 from the line in the game, and the Commodores (13-3, 2-0 in the SEC) were 20-for-37 (54.1 percent) as a team.
Alabama (11-5, 1-1) made just 10 of 17 (58.8 percent), but two by JaMychal Green tied the score 64-64 with 35 seconds to play.
Ten seconds earlier, Jermaine Beal’s jumper made it 64-62 and gave Vanderbilt just its third lead of the night. The first time it went in front was when John Jenkins’ 3-pointer made it 51-48 with 9:40 to go. A Taylor layup made it 53-52 with 7:56 remaining, but Alabama scored seven of the next nine points.
The Crimson Tide scored the first nine points of the contest and led throughout the first half. Brock’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left gave Alabama a 35-28 halftime lead.
Taylor and A.J. Ogilvy led the Commodores with 13 points and nine rebounds each. Ogilvy made seven of 10 free throws. Beal and Jenkins added 11 each.
Mikhail Torrance had a game-high 23 points for Alabama.