McRae, Stokes rally Tennessee past Alabama 54-53 - WSMV Channel 4

McRae, Stokes rally Tennessee past Alabama 54-53

By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - After being shut out for nearly the entire first half, Jordan McRae scored 17 points and made a driving basket with just under a minute left Saturday as Tennessee erased a 10-point deficit in a 54-53 victory over Alabama.

McRae was held scoreless until the final three seconds of the first half, but he heated up in the second half and broke a 50-50 tie with just under a minute left. The Volunteers (10-8, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) led 54-50 before Trevor Releford hit a 3-pointer with 18.5 seconds remaining.

Alabama (12-7, 4-2) had one last chance to win the game after Trae Golden missed the front end of a 1-1 opportunity with 15.4 seconds left, but the Tide failed to capitalize.

Jarnell Stokes had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Tennessee. Releford scored 18, Trevor Lacey had 11 and Rodney Cooper added 10 for Alabama.

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