Vols Turn Back Crimson Tide

No. 7 Tennessee takes the messy game from Alabama 93-86
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2008 3:24 AM CST
Alabama's Alonzo Gee, left, is fouled by Tennessee's Jordan Howell during the first half of a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – No. 7 Tennessee had dropped 16 of their last 17 games at Alabama, and it wasn't until the very end of last night's match up that the Volunteers ensured their hard-fought road win. The 93-86 game stayed close throughout, thanks in part to 43 total turnovers, but some clutch late-game shooting let Tennessee break away, the Tennessean reports.

JaJuan Smith had two of his four three pointers in the final three minutes, and the Volunteers as a team hit 75% of their long balls and 69.2% overall in the second half. Chris Lofton contributed 23 points, with Smith close behind at 22. For the Crimson Tide, Alonzo Gee put up a game-high 27 points, followed by Richard Hendrix with 20 points and 12 boards.