By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mykal Riley scored Alabama's first 13
points of overtime, including three 3-pointers, and the Crimson
Tide beat No. 16 Vanderbilt 78-73 on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (16-15, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) closed a
disappointing regular season with its biggest win while keeping the
Commodores from a second straight overtime victory.
The loss means Vanderbilt (25-6, 10-6) will be a No. 3 seed in
the SEC tournament and remained tied with the 1992-93 team for the
school record for regular-season wins.
Shan Foster opened the overtime with a steal and layup to give
Vanderbilt a 64-62 lead, but it was all Riley from there. The
Tide's only senior who plays finished with 26 points, six
3-pointers and 10 rebounds in his final home game. He added two
free throws with 44 seconds left.
Foster was coming off a 42-point performance when he hit his
last nine 3-point attempts including the game-winner with 2.7
seconds left in an 86-85 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday.
He finished with 21 points against Alabama after managing five in
the first half.
Vanderbilt needed a win and a Kentucky loss to Florida on Sunday
to secure the SEC East's No. 2 seed, which comes with a first-round
The game almost never made it to overtime. A.J. Ogilvy of the
Commodores caught Alan Metcalfe's full-court inbounds pass under
the basket with .8 seconds left but his shot didn't fall. He had
tied the game with a three-point play - he was fouled on a layup by
Riley - with 20 seconds left after blocking a shot at the other
end. Demetrius Jemison of Alabama then missed a potential go-ahead
basket from the free throw line.
Alonzo Gee finished with 16 points for the Tide and hounded
Foster defensively through much of the game. Richard Hendrix had 12
points and 11 rebounds for Alabama.
Ogilvy, who had picked up his fourth foul with 12 minutes left,
had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Ross Neltner added 13 points
for the Commodores.
Vanderbilt trailed by 10 points early in the second half, but
then put the clamps on Alabama's shooters. The Commodores used a
16-2 run to build a 48-44 lead, a stretch when the Tide missed 13
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