TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Guard Saben Lee scored a career-high 38 points to lead Vanderbilt to an 87-79 road SEC victory over Alabama Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.
The junior from Phoenix, Arizona, finished the night 14 of 20 from the floor and 6-for-7 from 3 and also collected eight rebounds in one of the best individual road games in Commodore history.
Lee’s 38 points included 15 over the final 5+ minutes. The Commodores (10-20, 2-15 SEC) snapped a seven-game losing streak with the victory.
Lee made three 3-pointers, scored on multiple drives to the basket and hit a pair of free throws over the final 5:12 to carry Vandy past the Crimson Tide (16-14- 8-9).
Lee caught fire after going a combined 8 of 30 shooting for 24 points over the previous two games. He also had five assists.
Alabama got virtually all of its scoring from three players – Kira Lewis Jr. had 30 points and eight assists, Beetle Bolden made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 and Jaden Shackelford scored all 18 of his points in the first eight minutes of the second half.
The rest of the team made 1 of 12 field-goal attempts for seven collective points.
Vanderbilt returns to the floor for their final regular season game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday when the Commodores take on South Carolina.