KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The frontcourt tandem of Jermareo Davidson and Chuck Davis helped Alabama bounce back from its biggest loss of the season.
Davidson and Davis scored 16 points apiece and combined for 27 rebounds as No. 19 Alabama recorded its sixth-straight win over Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee, 72-54.
The Crimson Tide were coming off their worst defeat of the season, an 85-54 pummeling at Florida on Saturday - the most points they have surrendered all season. They were also beaten on the boards, 46-23.
"We were destroyed on the boards in Gainesville," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. "It sort of got away from us at Florida and we did a poor job, but we got it corrected by tonight's game."
Spearheaded by a 14-rebound performance from Davidson and a career-high 13 from Davis, Alabama outrebounded Tennessee, 43-19.
"I thought the two key things about tonight's game were our rebounding and defense - we defended well," Gottfried said. "We wanted to go as hard as we could on the boards on both ends of the court."
"I told our team in practice that we had to keep Alabama from getting offensive rebounds," Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said. "You cannot have that big of a difference, and still have a chance to win the game."
The conference's stingiest defense also returned to form against the Volunteers, who shot just 36 percent (20-of-56) from the floor, which helped the Tide overcome 20 turnovers.
Kennedy Winston scored 18 for Alabama, which went on a 10-2 run midway through the first half en route to a 30-25 halftime lead. But the lead could have been larger if not for Alabama's 20 turnovers in the game.
"Even with the turnovers, I cheered our team at halftime," Gottfried said. "We did well in every phase in the first half, except for the turnovers, which were the only thing we needed to correct. We still had too many, but I wanted to finish strong."
With a 36-31 advantage with 15 minutes remaining, the Crimson Tide used a 16-5 burst over the next five minutes to put the game out of reach.
Senior guard Earnest Shelton scored six of his 12 points during the spurt.
Division-leading Alabama (18-4, 7-2 SEC West) has won seven of its last eight games - four away from home - and closes out the regular season with five of its last six games at home.
C.J. Watson scored 15 and freshman Chris Lofton added nine for Tennessee (11-12, 4-6 SEC East), which is in fifth place in its division.