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Tennessee 91, Alabama 71

Tennessee 91, Alabama 71

AL LESAR
ASSOCIATED PRESS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Dalton Knecht scored 25 points to help No. 6 Tennessee beat Alabama 91-71 to hand the Crimson Tide its first SEC loss this season.

Jonas Aidoo added 19 points and four blocks and Jordan Gainey had 15 points for the Volunteers (14-4, 4-1 SEC).

Mark Sears led the Crimson Tide (12-6, 4-1) with 22 points.

Alabama, which had problems with the Tennessee defense throughout the game, finished with 22 turnovers. The Vols scored 23 points off those mistakes.

Alabama committed eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game. Those miscues allowed Tennessee to jump out to a 25-13 lead. The Crimson Tide finished the first half with 13 turnovers and the Vols were in charge, 50-37.

Knecht had 17 points in the first half to lead Tennessee. Gainey had 13 and Aidoo had 10.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: Coach Nate Oates was reprimanded by the SEC after making contact with a Missouri player during a bit of chaos earlier in the week. … Add Tennessee to the list of elite teams the Crimson Tide has battled this season. Purdue, Creighton and Arizona are the other highly-ranked teams they’ve tested — and lost to. ... Mark Sears is one of three Division I players who has at least 330 points, 40 3-pointers, 60 assists and 65 rebounds so far.

Tennessee: Heading into the Alabama game, Dalton Knecht set a program record with 103 points in the last three games. In the five games leading up to that torrid streak, Knecht totaled 39 points. That’s where coach Rick Barnes’ plea for consistency comes in.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Tennessee athletics press release

January 20, 2024





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