Vols Fall to No. 17 Alabama 72-54

Feb. 9, 2005

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Coach Peterson | Watson

AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kennedy Winston scored 18 points and No. 17 Alabama outrebounded Tennessee by 24 in a 72-54 victory on Wednesday night.

Chuck Davis had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Jermareo Davidson added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (18-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference).

The Volunteers (11-12, 4-6) got as close as three points after scoring the first basket in the second half, but the Tide had a 12-4 run to push the lead to 42-31 with 14:37 remaining.

Alabama outrebounded the Vols 43-19 in recovering from its last game, a 31-point loss at Florida on Saturday. The Gators outrebounded the Tide 46-23 and snapped Alabama's six-game winning streak.

Tennessee's previous season-low rebounds was 25. Alabama came into the game with a 2.5 rebound margin over its previous SEC opponents.

Alabama has won five straight over the Vols, including a 35-point rout in the first round of last year's SEC tournament.

C.J. Watson had 13 points for Tennessee. Despite the return of center Brandon Crump from injury, the Vols mainly used the smaller lineup they employed when Crump was out. It created mismatches in favor of the Tide on the boards and on defense.

Crump played for the first time since spraining his left ankle at Louisville on Jan. 22. He missed the Vols' last four games.

Alabama, one of the best defensive teams in the SEC, held the Vols to 35 percent shooting from the field (20-of-56) and overcame its 20 turnovers.

Alabama trailed once in the first half, but after Tennessee went ahead 18-15 the Tide had a 10-2 run to regain the lead for good. The Vols went without a field goal for 5{ minutes during the spurt, their only points coming on free throws.

Alabama is the only team coach Buzz Peterson has not beaten in his four seasons at Tennessee.





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