TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mykal Riley's ill-timed foul helped No. 16 Vanderbilt force overtime. The Alabama senior's three 3-pointers, driving basket and two free throws in the extra five minutes more than made up for it.
Riley scored the Crimson Tide's first 13 of overtime in his final home game, a 78-73 win over the Commodores on Saturday. "I guess you could say this is a perfect memory for me," Riley said.
The Tide closed its regular season with its biggest win while ending Vanderbilt's bid for a second straight overtime win and a No. 2 seed and first-round bye in the SEC tournament.
Vandy (25-6) remains tied with the 1992-93 team for the school record for regular-season wins.
Shan Foster opened overtime with a steal and layup to give Vanderbilt a 64-62 lead, but it was all Riley from there. The only Tide senior who plays finished with 26 points, six 3-pointers and 10 rebounds. He added two free throws with 44 seconds left.
"That was a brilliant five-minute performance there," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "We had our chances, but mentally we were not of the mind-set to win today. It's a little bit disappointing. I thought we took a step back in terms of our team attitude."
Riley didn't let his late-game blunder keep him down. His foul on A.J. Ogilvy's layup allowed the Commodores freshman to make a three-point play to tie it with 20 seconds left in regulation.
Even Riley called it "a stupid play."
"I believe when you have great character like he does, you're able to bounce back," Tide coach Mark Gottfried said. "Sometimes you make mistakes and you just kind of collapse. And he didn't. He responded and really carried us in overtime."
OLE MISS 76, UGA 62: The Rebels took control with a 10-0 second-half run and moved closer to their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002 with their first road conference victory of the season.
MISS. ST. 84, LSU 75: Charles Rhodes had 27 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game for the Bulldogs.
ARKANSAS 77, AUBURN 64: Patrick Beverley scored 27, upstaging his six senior teammates a bit for the host Razorbacks.