March 9, 2008
Report card: UA 78, Vanderbilt 73
Led by senior Mykal Riley in his final home game, Alabama outshot Vanderbilt from 3-point range (no, that's not a typo). Riley led the way with 6 of 13 from deep, and Alonzo Gee hit a pair during a stretch where Riley was cold. All the guards took the ball to the basket at least once each, helping to create 26 free-throw attempts. Brandon Hollinger handed out six assists.
Gee did a nice job defending Vandy star Shan Foster as the SEC's leading scorer had only five at the half. He finished with 21, but had to work for every one of them. He also looked fatigued in overtime and actually sat for part of the extra period. Gee also had a game-high five steals. Starting guards Alex Gordon and Jermaine Beal shot just 1 for 10 between them, though many of those were open looks.
Richard Hendrix took only nine shots and finished with just 12 points, but he also sat a bit more than usual (16 minutes on the bench). Demetrius Jemison's stretch of big games came to an end as he shot 1 of 5. Vanderbilt's zone defenses made it difficult for UA's post men to maneuver in the paint offensively.
A.J. Ogilvy was effective for Vanderbilt, scoring 17, while Ross Neltner added 13. Vandy outscored Alabama 34-22 in the paint, and came up with 14 offensive rebounds. Riley came up with a team-high eight defensive rebounds, and Jemison showed good intensity on the defensive end.
Although Vanderbilt's bench outscored Alabama's 19-14, the Crimson Tide got a plus overall effort from this group. Senario Hillman - despite three turnovers in limited minutes - gave UA another good defensive performance before getting injured. Yamene Coleman chipped in six rebounds off the bench, and as noted above, Hollinger had six assists.
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