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.