TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jarnell Stokes delivered body blows near the basket, Jordan McRae bombed away from behind the arc and the Tennessee men’s basketball team continued to play well in February under UT coach Cuonzo Martin.
It also wiped clean what had become a concerning trend — losing to Alabama.
UT never trailed and beat Alabama 76-59 at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday. UT (14-7, 5-3 SEC) claimed its first win here since 2010, which prompted fans who made the trip from Knoxville to sing “Rocky Top” from their seats.
Alabama (9-12, 3-5) lost its second game in a row and fell to 1-12 when an opponent scores 65 points or more.
McRae, who missed his first four shots, finished with a game-high 26 points. He made five of 10 3-pointers. Stokes notched his 30th double-double as a Vol, finishing with 22 points and 16 rebounds. The UT duo counteracted Alabama star point guard Trevor Releford (23 points) and forward Nick Jacobs (13).
UT relied heavily on its long range game early. Six of its eight successful shots from the field in the first half came from behind the arc. The only two that didn’t were compliments of Stokes, who pushed around and overpowered members of the Alabama frontcourt who got in his way. UT improved to 71.4 percent from the field in the second half.
The Vols are now 14-3 in February under Martin. They return to action Wednesday, when they play Vanderbilt in Nashville.