TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Tyler Smith scored 22 points and Wayne Chism added 15 Friday night to lead Tennessee to an 86-62 rout of cold-shooting Alabama in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Volunteers (20-11) avenged a regular-season-ending home loss to the Crimson Tide, building an 11-point lead before going on a 17-0 run to start the second half. They’ll face Auburn or Florida in Saturday’s semifinals.
Tennessee won easily despite horrendous 3-point shooting (4 of 24, 16.7 percent). But the Volunteers were 31-for-48 (64.5 percent) inside the arc, with Smith, Chism and J.P. Prince, who scored 14, doing most of the damage.
Mikhail Torrance led Alabama (18-14) with 13 points.