In a year full of second half blown leads, the Vols returned the favor in the regular season finale overcoming a 16-point second half deficit to Alabama winning 59-54.
Tennessee followed the same script as a number of previous losses by falling behind early in the contest. Alabama jumped out to a 21-10 lead at the 9:59 mark in the first half eventually building that lead to 36-22 behind red hot shooting from behind the arc. The Crimson Tide made 7 of 9 from 3-point range in the opening stanza.
The Big Orange shot just 20% from the floor before intermission but found the mark afterward making 13 of their last 26 shot attempts.
Alabama extended their lead to 16 early in the second half but the Vols weren't willing to go down without a fight. Grant Williams hit a 3-pt basket as the shot clock expired to put the Big Orange ahead 48-47 just inside of the 9 minute mark.
Alabama scored the next six points before Lew Evans hit a three pointer to pull the Vols back within two points at 53-51. Admiral Schofield then hit another 3-pointer to put the Vols ahead at 54-53.
Evans went to work again hitting another 3-point basket with 1:16 left to put the Vols ahead 57-53 and that was enough for the Big Orange.
The win puts the Vols over .500 as they npw stand with a 16-15 overall record and finish 8-10 in the SEC.
Offense: The Big Orange made four huge 3-point baskets down time stretch to save an awful day on offense.
Tennesse struggled shooting the ball once again making only 32 percent.
The Big Orange was led by Williams with 16 points and Evans poured in 13 key points on his senior day.
The Vols dished out 12 assists to just seven turnovers.
Defense: The Big Orange played very well on the defensive end throughout this game. Even in the first half where Alabama made a number of shots the defense was solid.
Alabama shot just 40 percent from the floor and after making 7 of 9 from beyond the arc in the first half the visitors only made 1 of 8 after intermission.
Williams continues to be a shot blocking force as he had three rejections on the day.
Rebounding: Tennessee won this game on the glass. Tennessee won the overall battle on the glass 40-32 but the impressive part was what the Vols did on the offensive glass.
The Big Orange grabbed 15 offensive boards while only allowing only five.
Williams continues his superb rebounding pf late leading the Vols with 10.