By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Author
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jaden Shackelford scored a season-high 27 factors and No. 8 Alabama got here from behind to beat Vanderbilt 82-78 Saturday and transfer a step nearer to a Southeastern Convention championship.
The Crimson Tide (18-5, 13-1 SEC) moved inside a win of clinching at the very least a share of its first regular-season title in 19 years regardless of an off 3-point taking pictures efficiency.
Jahvon Quinerly made a late 3-pointer and a clinching free throw with 2 seconds left to assist Alabama quell the upset bid by the Commodores (6-12, 2-10), who went practically 5 minutes with out a basket however stayed in it on the free-throw line.
Maxwell Evans made a layup with 4 seconds left to drag to inside 81-78 after rebounding a missed 3. After a fast Vandy foul, Quinerly missed one free throw and made one other to clinch it.
Quinerly scored 15 factors for the Tide, which made simply 10 of 39 3-point makes an attempt (25.6%). Alex Reese scored 10 factors whereas Keon Ellis had eight factors and 9 rebounds and likewise made a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left.
Alabama overcame low scoring from John Petty Jr. (six factors) and Herb Jones (eight).
Scotty Pippen Jr. scored 24 factors and made 12 of 14 free throws for Vanderbilt. Dylan Disu had 17 factors and 15 rebounds for his second straight double-double. The SEC’s main rebounder had 29 factors and 16 boards in a loss to Kentucky.
Evans scored 18 factors and made 4 of 5 3-pointers.
Sporting its first High 10 February rating since 2002, Alabama’s win got here two days after coach Nate Oats obtained a three-year contract extension and large elevate.
Alabama ahead Jordan Bruner began after lacking the previous 9 video games with a proper knee harm. He had one level and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Vanderbilt: Made 5 of its first six 3-point makes an attempt to construct a seven-point lead halfway by the primary half. Then the Commodores missed their subsequent 9 photographs on their solution to one other aggressive SEC defeat.
Alabama: Cooled off significantly from a 115-point explosion final weekend in opposition to Georgia, however managed to take management within the second half. Enjoying its first sport since its midweek Texas A&M journey was postponed due to the climate.
Oats began walk-on Tyler Barnes on senior day. Barnes missed an early 3-pointer in simply his first profession shot.
Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Alabama begins a two-game street swing with a go to to Arkansas on Wednesday night time.
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