Tuscaloosa, AL – No. 15 Tennessee struggled to find any rhythm on offense Saturday night, and its six-game winning streak was snapped by Alabama in a 78-50 loss at Coleman Coliseum.
The 28-point game was UT’s worst loss of the season, as the Vols (18-6, 8-4 SEC) shot a season-low 28 percent (16-of-58) from the floor. In the final 10 minutes of the game, Tennessee made only one basket.
Alabama (16-9, 7-5 SEC) started the second half on a 15-7 run to help extend its lead to 18 points, converting on four straight trips down the floor. The Crimson Tide had the hot hand and would never look back in the game, knocking down nine of its 12 shots before the under-16 media timeout.
Tennessee Volunteers guard Jordan Bone (0) goes for the ball along with Alabama Crimson Tide guard Collin Sexton (2) during the first half at Coleman Coliseum. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
Grant Williams led the way for Tennessee with 16 points and four boards. Admiral Schofield finished with seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Alabama forward Donta Hall finished with a double-double, posting 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Tide owned the paint with a 50-18 scoring advantage over UT.
The Vols began the game with a cold hand, shooting 2-of-11 from the floor compared to Alabama’s 7-of-10 shooting. During the stretch, the Tide jumped out to a 17-6 lead.
UT struggled to guard the paint in the opening frame, being outscored 26-8 by the Tide. Hall dominated down low in the first half, tallying 10 points, eights boards and two blocks to give Alabama a 37-27 lead at the break.
Heading into intermission, UT was shooting 31 percent (9-of-29) from the field, while the Tide converted on 55 percent (16-of-29) of its shots. Admiral Schofield led UT with six points and four rebounds during the period.
Next Up for UT Men’s Basketball
The Vols return home for their second meeting with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday, February 13th at 8:00pm CT (ESPNU). Tennessee won the first meeting in Columbia, 70-63, led by 25 points from Lamonte Turner.
After that game, Tennessee will prepare for a 5:00pm CT tip at Georgia on Saturday, February 17th, the first of two meetings with UGA in the final five games of the regular season.
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