Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The 3rd ranked basketball Vols survived a major scare from Alabama on Saturday afternoon turning back the Tide 71-68 to improve to 16-1 on the season and 5-0 in SEC play.
The Vols, who led by 12 points at the break, did not have a particularly good shooting day going from beyond the arc (3-12).
The Tide would turn in the second half when Alabama guard John Petty caught fire, at one point going 5-for-5 from three-point land. Petty finished with 30 points.
What hurt Petty and the Crimson Tide was free throws. Alabama missed 10 free throws, a statistic which ultimately led to a loss.
Despite fouling out late, Grant Williams was a force for Tennessee, scoring 21 points. Admiral Schofield added 12 points and 11 big rebounds.
The win means Tennessee is possibly in line to assume the number one spot in the Associated Press poll. No.1 Duke lost earlier in the week to Syracuse, and No.2 Michigan fell to Wisconsin Saturday.
Overall it was a feel good afternoon for Vol Nation, with the crowd at Thompson-Boling introduced to new UT Football assistants Tee Martin and Jim Chaney. They would also see another Tennessee win, the 19th straight at home and 12th in a row overall, the first time that's happened since the 1976-'77 season.