Alabama builds big lead, cruise over Vanderbilt

Alabama sprinted out to a huge lead, and held on to beat Vanderbilt 68-61 at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday night.It marked a program-record 15th straight loss for the Commodores (9-18, 0-14 Southeastern Conference), and snapped a three-game Alabama losing streak.Alabama (16-11, 7-7) was led by guards Kira Lewis Jr. (19 points) and Dazon Ingram (13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) plus forwards Donta Hall (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Riley Norris (nine points).Forward Simi Shittu led the Commodores in scoring (16) and rebounding (11). Forward Yanni Wetzell added 10 points and eight boards off the bench, and guard Aaron Nesmith scored 14.Alabama was in the process of making it a laugher when Lewis hit a 3 with 11:17 left, putting the Crimson Tide up 57-34.But Vanderbilt ran off 15 straight points before Alabama guard Herbert Jones made a dunk from an Ingram assist with 5:12 left.The teams largely traded scores from there as Vandy got no closer than the final margin the rest of the way.The Crimson Tide jumped on Vanderbilt early. Vandy scored the game’s first bucket, and it went downhill quickly from there.

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