|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Alabama 61, Auburn 43
|Tennessee 64, Florida 58
Alabama Pulls Away From Auburn for Comfortable Win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s Trevor Releford scored over 20 points for the second consecutive outing and the Crimson Tide took down intra-state rival Auburn by a final score of 61-43 on Tuesday. Fresh off a 36-point performance against LSU, Releford led all scorers once again against the Tigers with 21 points on seven-of-13 shooting.
The Tide (19-9, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed by two points in the early going, but that was the only deficit it would face all night. After a low scoring first half of play, Bama found itself with a 23-16 lead at the break before breaking out for 38 points in the second half that helped build a comfortable lead.
The Crimson Tide led by as many as 24 points in the second half against Auburn (9-19, 3-12) and cruised to the finish line from that point. Trevor Lacey had a solid night for Bama, dropping in 12 points while hauling in three rebounds and dishing out two assists as well. Nick Jacobs and Retin Obasohan chipped in 10 points apiece for the Tide while combining for 14 rebounds, and Alabama won the battle on the boards by a margin of six total rebounds.
Neither team shot particularly well on the evening, with Bama converting on fewer than 40 percent of its shots in the win and only 20 percent of its 3-point attempts. However, the Tide managed to hold Auburn to just over 30 percent from the field and an even worse 13.3 percent from long range.
Rob Chubb led the offensive effort for the Tigers with a team-high 13 points to go along with four rebounds. Chubb converted on six of his 11 shot attempts on the game, but none of his running mates were able to break into double figures in the scoring category. Frankie Johnson and Shaquille Johnson chipped in six points apiece, but outside of Chubb, no Tiger managed to knock down more than two field goals.
Both teams will return to the court on Saturday, with Bama facing Florida in the afternoon and Auburn taking on Vanderbilt in the evening.
Gators Fall on the Road Against Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 8 Florida remains undefeated this season within the friendly confines of the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, but the Gators have been a different story on the road this year. For the fifth time this season, Florida fell away from home, this time to Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena, 64-58.
Jordan McRae dropped a game-high 27 points for the Volunteers (17-10, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) to go along with seven rebounds, and the junior is averaging 28 points per game over his last three outings. McRae was the only Vol to break into double-figure scoring numbers against the Gators (22-5, 12-3), with Jarnell Stokes and Trae Golden each putting in eight points apiece behind him.
Tennessee took a three-point advantage into the break and would proceed to lead for the final 16 minutes of the game. Both teams shot 42.1 percent from the field for the game, but the Vols out-rebounded the Gators significantly (40 to 29, including 13 offensive boards) and took advantage of seven UF turnovers.
Mike Rosario led the scoring effort for Florida with 16 points on five-of-14 shooting, with Patric Young adding 15 points and five boards on 60 percent shooting. The Gators are now 7-5 on the season in true road games and hold a one-game advantage over Arkansas in the SEC standings.
Stokes played big inside for Tennessee, leading all players with 14 rebounds. Josh Richardson poured in seven points, four rebounds and three assists in the winning effort, and the Vols now sit at 9-6 in conference play.
Florida and Tennessee will now turn their sights toward Saturday SEC games, as the Gators host Alabama and the Vols travel to face Georgia in Athens.