NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Vanderbilt continued its mastery of fourth-ranked Alabama at Memorial Gym.
Matt Freije scored 19 points and Russell Lakey hit a key 3-pointer late as Vanderbilt extended its home winning streak against Alabama to seven games with a 70-69 triumph.
Vanderbilt upset a top-five opponent for the first time since knocking off UCLA in November 1995.
"It means a lot to win any game," Commodores coach Kevin Stallings said. "I feel I might have overscheduled our team during the non-conference schedule, but it is great to win."
The Commodores (8-5, 1-1 SEC East) have not lost to the Crimson Tide at Memorial Gym since 1990.
Freije nailed two shots from 3-point range as Vanderbilt shot 5-of-7 (71 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes and opened a 36-30 halftime lead. The Commodores finished 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the arc.
"It was important for us to get two good days of practice," said Freije, whose team fell at Auburn on Wednesday. "It carries over to how you play in the game. Also, with the fan support, it was a great feeling to play tonight."
"Matt is a guy we depend on," Stallings said. "He knows it and wants us to depend on him. He is a heck of a player when he is on. It is imperative that he is on for us."
Lakey went 3-of-5 from the arc, sinking a 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds to play and giving Vanderbilt a 66-61 advantage. Scott Hundley and Corey Smith each converted a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to help seal the win.
Vanderbilt shot nearly 57 percent from the floor (25-of-44).
"I think we are a pretty good defensive team, but I thought Vanderbilt made some pretty tough shots," Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried said. "Of the teams we have played so far, no one has shot the ball like they did tonight. They made some tough shots and you have to give them credit."
Mo Williams paced Alabama (11-2, 1-1 West) with 23 points, including six 3-pointers, but the Crimson Tide dropped their second straight road game after falling at Utah on December 30.
"They hit some big shots, especially at the end," Williams said. "They took us out of our offense. They did a great job."
Vanderbilt owned a 62-55 lead with 83 seconds left when Williams made a 3-pointer to slice Alabama's deficit to four.
Freshman Kennedy Winston converted a three-point play with 50 seconds to pull the Crimson Tide within 63-61. But just over 30 seconds later, Lakey pulled up and hit from the arc to increase the Commodores' lead to five.
Williams nailed two more 3-pointers around Kenny Walker's basket in the final 12 seconds, but Hundley and Smith capped Vanderbilt's 11-for-14 second-half performance at the line.
Alabama went 6-0 against East division teams a year ago.