TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (release) -- A pair of big Alabama runs -- one in each half -- lifted the Crimson Tide to a 62-50 win over Tennessee at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The loss ended the Vols' four-game win streak as Tennessee now stands at 14-13 overall and 6-6 in the SEC.
Alabama improved to 17-9 overall and moved into a tie with the Vols and LSU for fifth place in the SEC as all stand at 6-6, following Saturday's early action. Mississippi State is in fourth with a mark of 6-5.
Tennessee junior Jeronne Maymon led all scorers with 20 points as he scored in double-figures for the eighth game in a row. Sophomore guard Trae Golden added 12 points. Jarnell Stokes had eight points and eight rebounds.
Freshman Trevor Lacey topped the Tide's scoring chart with 18 points while sophomore Trevor Releford netted 13 points off the bench. Andrew Steele had 10 points. Carl Engstrom posted career-highs with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Crimson Tide used a 20-3 run midway through the second half to take control of the game putting Alabama up 52-35. Releford had nine points in that run. The run ended with a pair of free throws by Moussa Gueye with 5:54 left in the game.
The Vols went from 17:14 to 5:02 left in the game with just one field goal -- a lay-up by Golden with 10:12 left in the second half. Tennessee missed 12 of 13 shots over a span of more than 12 minutes as the Crimson Tide took over the contest.
Alabama took the first double-figure lead of the game at 43-33 with 10:58 left in the half on another Releford foul shot.
The game was tied at 32 all after a 3-point play by Stokes with 17:14 left in the second half.
Alabama led 29-25 at halftime as the Vols rallied prior to halftime to cut the deficit to four. Tennessee led 13-8 on a Maymon lay-up with 12:19 left in the first half but Alabama used a 19-4 run late in first half to go ahead 27-17 on an Engstrom 3-point play with 2:34 left in the first half.
Maymon had 12 points in the first half to lead all scorers as he made all four field goal attempts of the first half. Maymon had a streak of 10 consecutive field goals dating back to the Florida game a week ago. That was snapped early in the second half at Bama.
The Vols return home to host Ole Miss on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS and can be heard on the Vol Network.
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