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No. 23 Vanderbilt holds off Alabama 81-77

By: AP
By: AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Brad Tinsley hit an off-balance jumper
with 17 seconds left and added the free throw as No. 23 Vanderbilt
beat Southeastern Conference-leading Alabama 81-77 Thursday night.

Vanderbilt (17-6, 5-4) has won the first two games of a
three-game homestand with No. 18 Kentucky visiting Saturday to
remain knotted with three others for second in the SEC's Eastern
Division.

Alabama (15-8, 7-2) came in having won five straight and 10 of
11 with the Tide's best start in SEC play since 2001-02. But the
Tide hasn't won in Memorial Gym since 1990 and couldn't finish this
one off in a game that featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes.

JaMychal Green had a chance to tie it again as he drove to the
basket only to step up on the end line and turn the ball over with
6.3 seconds left.

John Jenkins hit two more free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining
to pad Vandy's lead.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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