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Vanderbilt can’t keep Alabama off the glass, loses 59-56

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The Commodores let a 14-point second-half lead slip away.

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Remember how the other night I said sometimes this still looks like a Kevin Stallings team? That applies in more ways than one.

On Saturday night, Vanderbilt took a tie game at halftime, built a 14-point lead six minutes into the second half, and then watched the lead evaporate. Sound familiar?

Vanderbilt shot 35.7 percent from the floor and held Alabama to 31.7 percent — and 7-of-25 from three. But Alabama got way too many second chances, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds, and that was enough for the Tide to come away with a 59-56 win in a script that’s way too familiar to Vanderbilt fans.

Luke Kornet led the Commodores with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks — but importantly, Kornet only scored one point in the second stanza. Vanderbilt drops to 8-7 on the season and 2-1 in SEC play, and will host Kentucky on Tuesday at 6:00 PM CT in Memorial Gym.