NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Mario Moore and Shaun Foster did what Vanderbilt does best and made sure Alabama went home unhappy again.
Moore and Foster each shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range as Vanderbilt knocked off No. 18 Alabama, 70-56, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The duo knocked down four 3-pointers each for Vanderbilt, which came into the game shooting 42 percent from the arc, to give the Commodores their eight straight win against the Crimson Tide in SEC openers in Nashville.
The 5-11 Moore scored 11 points and converted all three shots from the arc and Vanderbilt (10-4, 1-0 SEC East) used nine 3-pointers and a 9-0 run late in the first half to take a 41-29 lead at the break. Foster hit two 3-pointers and Moore added his fourth from the arc early in the second half to push the lead to 52-32 with 16 minutes to play.
"I let the game come to me," Moore said. "I didn't want to rush shots. That disrupts our offense. When the shots came, I was able to knock them down."
Alabama (11-3, 0-1 SEC West) went to its pressure defense and cut the lead to 64-56 on a three-point play by Jermareo Davidson, but Moore made a steal at half court and converted a fast break to halt the threat.
"We've got to go home and regroup," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried. "We have to get better defensively and out on the perimeter. We cut it to eight at one point, but we couldn't get over the hump. We have to do a much better job. This is a team that is mentally tough; there is just a sense of urgency missing."
Moore and Jason Holwerda, who was 8-of-12 from the floor, scored 16 each for Vanderbilt, which shot 12-of-25 from the arc, limiting Alabama to just four 3-pointers and outrebounding the Tide, 41-25.
"That was a hard-fought basketball game," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "It was two teams getting after it. I really admired how hard our guys played defensively and how well they rebounded."
Davidson scored a career-high 21 points and Winston Kennedy added 16 for Alabama, which shot just 37 percent (19-of-52) from the floor. But Chuck Davis and Earnest Shelton, who came in averaging a combined 33 points, were held to 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
"I thought we did an outstanding job defensively," Stallings said. "Davidson was outstanding for them. We were hoping to stop one of their big three (Shelton, Winston and Davis). As it turned out, we held all three below their average."