I had to double check that final score when I typed it. Alabama lost by just 10 on the basketball floor last night, but it felt like Vanderbilt beat the Tide by much more. Read my game story here:
TUSCALOOSA — A stone-faced Anthony Grant fought to loosen his tie while exiting Coleman Coliseum on Thursday evening.
Add one final frustration to a maddening night for the Alabama basketball coach.
His team took a 69-59 beating from Vanderbilt after trailing by as many as 23 on a brutal shooting night. The evening bottomed when Grant blew his stack over second-half officiating to draw well-earned technical foul.
Assistant coaches had to restrain the typically controlled Grant after Alabama (13-5, 2-2 SEC) was called for a second straight offensive rebounding foul.
“I would say a buildup of frustration on my part” led to the technical, Grant said. “It’s my fault. I have to make sure I do a better job of talking to officials and dealing with whatever the situation.”
The second straight loss for Alabama — only its second at home in 28 games — saw the hosts shoot a season-low 32.9 percent from the field. The previous low was 39.1 percent in an 82-45 win over Alabama A&M on Nov. 23.
The Commodores (14-4, 4-0 SEC) effectively shut down the big three Alabama scorers in JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell and Trevor Releford. Mitchell was scoreless on 0-of-8 shooting in 31 minutes of action, while Green managed just six points.
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