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No. 23 Vanderbilt Holds Off Alabama 81-77

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Brad Tinsley hit an off-balance jumper with 17 seconds left and added the free throw as No. 23 Vanderbilt beat Southeastern Conference-leading Alabama 81-77 Thursday night.

Vanderbilt (17-6, 5-4) has won the first two games of a three-game homestand with No. 18 Kentucky visiting Saturday to remain knotted with three others for second in the SEC's Eastern Division.

Alabama (15-8, 7-2) came in having won five straight and 10 of 11 with the Tide's best start in SEC play since 2001-02. But the Tide hasn't won in Memorial Gym since 1990 and couldn't finish this one off in a game that featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes.

JaMychal Green had a chance to tie it again as he drove to the basket only to step up on the end line and turn the ball over with 6.3 seconds left.

John Jenkins hit two more free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining to pad Vandy's lead.

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