NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama connected on 10 3s on Thursday inside Memorial Gymnasium and took the win over Vanderbilt 77-62.
The Commodores totaled only eight assists and shot 19 percent from the 3-point line for the night. Alabama (10-7, 3-2 SEC) got 23 points from John Petty Jr. to along with 10 rebounds and the Crimson Tide scored 26 points in the paint.
Vanderbilt (8-10, 0-5 SEC) turned the ball over 11 times and shot 31 percent from the floor.
The Commodores return to action at 7 p.m. Saturday at South Carolina (10-8, 2-3 SEC).
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Alabama controlled the contest for the first the 13:45 of the opening period. Back-to- back 3-pointers from Petty Jr. gave the Crimson Tide a 24-15 lead late in the first half. Vandy missed 14 of its first 20 shots and went 0-for-8 on 3-pointers for the first 14:26 of play.
Lee’s fast-break dunk seemed to wake the home team up a bit. Vanderbilt went on a 10-1 run followed by a big Alabama turnover forced by Braelee Albert and a 3-pointer by Disu bringing the deficit to 32-30.
The Commodores would have to settle for a 37-31 margin at the break.
The two teams traded buckets for the first 4:26 of the second period before Alabama went on a 14-0 run extending its lead to 53-35. The Commodores suffered for 5:32 of play without a made field goal.
Petty Jr. came in with a big score late in the second period pushing Alabama’s lead to 61-41 with 7:38 to go and Kira Lewis Jr. jumpshot inside the paint upped the lead to 65-45 a few minutes later.
Vanderbilt could not come back from there.
• Lee (1,030) passed Austin Bates (1,020) for 46th on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list. Sam Howard is 45th with 1,042 career points.
• Vanderbilt senior center Clevon Brown (knee) missed his ninth straight game due to injury.
• Alabama now leads the series with Vanderbilt 70-69 while the Commodores are 42-21 against the Crimson Tide at Memorial Gymnasium.
• Attendance on Wednesday was announced as 9,019 giving Vanderbilt a season average of 9,094 after 14 home games.