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Jordan McRae scores 26 as Tennessee rolls past Alabama 76-59

  • Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) tips the shot of Alabama guard Retin Obasohan (32) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennessee won 76-59. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

    Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) tips the shot of Alabama guard Retin Obasohan (32) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennessee won 76-59. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) towers over Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennessee won 76-59. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

    Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) towers over Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennessee won 76-59. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama coach Anthony Grant shouts during his team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennessee won 76-59. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

    Alabama coach Anthony Grant shouts during his team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennessee won 76-59. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

Jordan McRae poured in 26 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Tennessee to a 76-59 victory over Alabama on Saturday night.

Jarnell Stokes finished 22 points and 16 rebounds and Josh Richardson scored 12 points for the Volunteers. Trevor Releford scored 23 points and had six assists and Nick Jacobs scored 13 points for the Crimson Tide.

After a 3-pointer by Releford with 16:25 to play pulled Alabama within two, Tennessee reeled off nine straight points, extending its lead to 47-36. Tennessee never got closer than eight.

Tennessee (14-7,5-3 SEC) had its largest lead, 75-52, when Stokes made a field goal and a free throw with 1:57 remaining in the game.

Tennessee scored the first nine points of the game and the Crimson Tide (9-12, 3-5) responded by scoring eight straight points to make it 9-8. The Volunteers then outscored Alabama 21-15 to take a 30-23 lead at the half.