No. 3 Vols passes Alabama and makes a case against AP Top 25
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Grant Williams scored 21 points and No. 3 Tennessee came on Saturday Alabama 71-68 in a row for his twelfth consecutive win and a chance to climb on top of the AP Top 25.
After No. 1 Duke lost from Monday to Syracuse and No. 2 Michigan fell Saturday in Wisconsin, volunteers (16-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) could lead the poll Monday for the first time since 2008.
After winning the first four SEC games with an average of 25 points, Tennessee had a much harder time with the Crimson Tide. John Petty matches a career high with 30 points, and Alabama (11-6, 2-3) lost 15 points to lead later in the second half. But Petty also had a critical turnover in the last seconds.
Tennessee led 69-68 when Williams was called up for an offensive offense after leaning in the left hand in Alabama's Donta Hall. After a time-out, Alabama carried the ball to Petty, who traveled when he started his ride with 3.2 seconds left.
Lamonte & # 39; Turner made two free throws to extend Tennessee's lead to 71-68 with 2.5 seconds remaining. Alabama had no more time-outs and the Tide & # 39; s Kira Lewis Jr. was not even on the right wing when he launched a desperate shot that did not come close.
Admiral Schofield had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, and he made the basket that ended the Vols for good with 2:12. Jordan Bowden scored 12 points and Jordan Bone added 10.
Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) tries a shot against Alabama forward Tevin Mack (34) in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee (AP Photo / Shawn Millsaps)
Hall had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lewis added 12 points.
Former Tennessee star Tony White, who fights against leukemia, attended Saturday's game and received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd when he was presented at midcourt during a time-out. White's 51-point performance against Auburn in February 1984 remains Tennessee's single-game scoring record.
Alabama: Free-throw shooting has doomed the Tide. Alabama was 4 out of 13 from the free-throw line in the second half.
Tennessee: the volunteers won the last 12 straight in 1976-77, when they turned 22-6 and earned part of the SEC regular season title. Williams showed why he is an All-America candidate because he made countless big games at the far end of the floor, including blocking Petty's 3-point attempt in the final minutes.
Alabama host country number 18 Mississippi on Tuesday.
Tennessee is on Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
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Tennessee forward Yves Pons (35) seeks an open man while Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr. (2) defends in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (AP Photo / Shawn Millsaps)
Alabama ahead of Donta Hall (0) gives the ball to Tennessee in the first half of a NCAA basketball game on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee (AP Photo / Shawn Millsaps)
Tennessee guard Jordan Bone (0) tries to pass the ball past Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) in the first half of a NCAA basketball game, Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (AP Photo / Shawn Millsaps)
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