Vols fall to Tide in OT
Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 3:10 pm
By: By BETH RUCKER, AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Alabama is trying not to forget how it feels to lose while it’s busy dominating the Southeastern Conference.
Even as its offense struggled the Crimson Tide buckled down on defense and went 10-for-10 from the free- throw line in overtime to beat Tennessee 65-60 on Saturday.
The Tide (15-7, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) has already exceeded its conference win total from last season, owns the SEC’s best league record, leads the West Division and is off to its best start in league play since 2002. It finished 12-4 and won the regular-season title that year.
Tennessee’s Tobias Harris scored 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Cameron Tatum added 16 points for Tennessee, which played its second game without leading scorer Scotty Hopson, who sprained his left ankle in practice Tuesday.
Bruce Pearl returns to the Vols’ sideline on Tuesday, when Tennessee travels to Kentucky. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive suspended the coach for eight games after he acknowledged misleading the NCAA during an investigation into UT’s recruiting practices.