Dalton Knecht, No. 4 Tennessee fend off No. 14 Alabama to take solo lead in SEC

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Dalton Knecht, No. 4 Tennessee fend off No. 14 Alabama to take solo lead in SEC

Dalton Knecht and Tennessee now hold the solo lead in the SEC

Rick Barnes is now in complete keep watch over of the SEC.

Dalton Knecht and No. 4 Tennessee rallied again in the second one part on Saturday night time to seize an 81-74 win over No. 14 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The win broke a tie with the Pink Tide and gave the Vols the solo lead within the SEC standings with simply two video games to head within the common season.

Tennessee jumped up early and gave the impression poised to run away with the sport within the opening mins. The Vols briefly fastened a double-digit lead in Tuscaloosa, however then totally stalled within the ultimate just about 4 mins of the duration. Alabama ended the primary part on an enormous 12-0 run, which gave it a two-point lead on the wreck.

Tennessee briefly took the lead once more in the second one part on a Knecht 3-pointer, which was once his first of the sport. The Vols, alternatively, briefly stalled. Alabama surged forward and held Tennessee with out a box objective for almost six mins in the second one part, which allowed it to push forward to a six-point lead by means of the halfway level.

But Alabama in the end went chilly and went just about 9 complete mins with out a box objective themselves. It wasn’t till a Mark Sears layup with 1:15 left within the sport that the streak was once in the end damaged, however by means of then Tennessee held a slight three-point lead. From there, Tennessee hit six loose throws and held Alabama to only one extra layup down the stretch to seize the seven-point win.

Zakai Zeigler led Tennessee with 17 issues within the win in spite of taking pictures 5-of-18 from the sector. Knecht added 13 issues and 5 rebounds, and he went a coarse 1-of-7 from the 3-point line. Tennessee shot simply 36% from the sector as a staff. The Vols have now received six directly video games. They’ll head to South Carolina subsequent this week prior to remaining the season towards Kentucky subsequent Saturday.

Mark Sears led Alabama with 22 issues and 6 assists, and Aaron Estrada added 16 issues. Nick Pringle added 13 issues and 9 assists off the bench. In spite of the loss, Alabama has received 4 of its remaining six video games. It’ll tackle Florida subsequent this week prior to remaining the common season towards Arkansas subsequent Saturday.

Whilst Tennessee now has the lead, No. 18 South Carolina is solely part of a sport at the back of it within the standings and each No. 16 Kentucky and No. 11 Auburn are inside of two video games. So much can alternate over the following week, however the Vols now have their long term in their very own fingers.