Alabama 62, Tennessee 50

Trevor Lacey scored 18 points and had four steals to lead

Alabama to a 62-50 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

Trevor Releford finished with 13 points off the bench for the

Crimson Tide (17-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference), who ended

Tennessee’s four-game win streak. Andrew Steele had 10 points and

seven assist.

The game was tied at 32-32 after Jarnell Stokes’ three-point

play with 17:14 left in the second half. But Alabama answered with

a 20-3 run to take control of the contest, claiming a 52-35

lead.

Releford scored nine points during the run for the Crimson Tide,

who moved into a tie with Tennessee and LSU for fifth place in the

conference.

Jeronne Maymon scored in double-figures for the eighth straight

game with 20 points for the Volunteers (14-13, 6-6). Trae Golden

had 12 points.

Alabama, which ended a two-game losing streak, played without

two suspended starters, JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, and

Green’s back-up Nick Jacobs who suffered a mouth injury and had a

root canal on Thursday.

Earlier, Alabama went on a 19-4 run to take a 27-17 lead on a

field goal and a free throw by Carl Engstrom at the 2:35 mark.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Golden pulled the Volunteers to within

27-24.

The score was 29-25 at the half. Maymon scored 12 of Tennessee’s

first 17 points to keep the Vols close. Lacey had 12 for the

Crimson Tide.