Alabama used a big second half run to upset No. 7/6 Tennessee, 71-63, on the road at Thompson-Boling on Saturday night. It marked the Crimson Tide’s first road win over a top-10 team since knocking off then-No. 4 Mississippi State, 77-73 in Starkville, Miss., on Feb 21, 2004.
Alabama (7-3, 2-0 SEC) used a big 19-6 run over the first 5:03 of the second half to take control of the game. The Tide led for the entire second half and by as many as 14 points before holding on to the eight-point win. Alabama knocked down 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) three pointers and shot 50 percent from deep after the intermission.
John Petty Jr. led the Crimson Tide with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc to go along with six boards. Jahvon Quinerly added 12 points and dished out a game-high five assists. Herbert Jones and Joshua Primo each scored 11 points while Jones led the Tide with eight rebounds in the win.
Tennessee was led by Victor Bailey Jr.’s 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss.