Roberson scores 15 points, Vanderbilt beats Alabama 71-63
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jeff Roberson scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Vanderbilt Commodores beat Alabama 71-63 Saturday for their second straight victory.
The Commodores (10-7, 2-3) desperately needed these games at home after opening their Southeastern Conference schedule 0-3, and they responded by winning back-to-back games for the first time since November. They won't have consecutive games at Memorial Gym again until the end of February.
Riley LaChance scored a season-high 18 points, hitting a career-best 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Damian Jones added 13 for Vanderbilt.
Alabama (10-6, 1-3) came in off its third upset of a Top 25 team this season after handing No. 19 South Carolina its first loss Wednesday night but lost for the third time in four games.
Shannon Hale led Alabama with 13 points before fouling out with 4:14 left, and Retin Obasohan added 10.