Scores

Final

Tennessee 65

(8-6, 0-2 SEC)

Alabama 68

(9-6, 1-1 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

1:00 PM ET, January 12, 2013

Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

1 2 T
TENN 28 3765
ALA 24 4468

Top Performers

Tennessee: J. McRae 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

Alabama: L. Randolph 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Alabama 68, Tennessee 65

Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey and Trevor Releford each scored 15 points to lift Alabama to a 68-65 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Releford scored all of his points in the second half and made two free throws with 8 seconds left for the Crimson Tide (9-6, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which had lost three of four games. Then Trae Golden missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Volunteers (8-6, 0-2) to their third straight loss.

Levi Randolph scored 12 for the Tide. Andrew Steele had 11 points and four steals and helped spark a 10-0 late run for Alabama, which used a full-court press to force three turnovers during that spurt. The Tide was 15-of-24 shooting in the second half (63 percent) after struggling to a 27-percent clip (8 of 30) before halftime.

Jordan McRae scored 21 points for Tennessee in his third straight game with 20-plus points.

Steele scored six straight points then made a steal and dished to Releford for a layup and a 62-55 lead with 2:55 remaining. It was the Tide's biggest lead of the game after trailing by eight in the first half.

Golden answered with two drives and a free throw to make it 62-60 with 1:52 remaining but then missed a shot going for three in a row. Lacey responded with a jump shot and fast-break layup.

Lacey then missed a contested 3-pointer after Alabama ran most of the shot clock down. McRae cut it to 66-65 after following his own missed shot with 8 seconds left.

Releford was quickly fouled and made both attempts, leaving the Vols with one last chance that didn't go down.

Tennessee had a nice turnaround defensively after giving up 85 points to Memphis and 92 to Mississippi in back-to-back defeats, holding to Alabama to 24 points in the first half.

Releford, who had a career-high 26 points Wednesday night in a loss at No. 10 Missouri, missed all three field goal attempts in the first half and then had eight points in the first 3:06 to open the second.

He helped lead Alabama to an 18-9 run out of the locker room for a five-point lead that was Alabama's biggest until the final minutes

Tennessee took a 28-24 lead into halftime after McRae made 2 of 3 free throws with one second left. Lacey had missed a free throw on the other end and then fouled McRae on a 3-point shot.

Alabama was just 4-of-21 shooting from inside the 3-point line before the half, including a couple of droughts with at least seven consecutive misses.

Tennessee outrebounded Alabama 40-25 but also committed 16 turnovers to the Tide's seven.

Golden and Josh Richardson both scored eight points for the Vols.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TENN
ALA
Points 65 68
FG Made-Attempted 26-55 (.473) 23-54 (.426)
3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 6-14 (.429)
FT Made-Attempted 8-16 (.500) 16-19 (.842)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 8 7

2012-13 Season

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