CASTELLANZA, Italy – It took three games, but Skylar McBee ultimately got comfortable with a European ball.
The purest shooter on the Tennessee roster made a handful of 3-pointers in the Vols’ first three games in Italy. He never, however, got hot, splashing a string a jumpers.
Better late than never.
McBee coolly sank six 3-pointers to lead UT to a 109-59 victory against Amici del Campetto in the team’s final game abroad on Tuesday.
After some sloppy play early against the Italians' zone defense, the Vols built a 56-32 halftime lead thanks to an 11-2 run closing the second quarter. Nine of those 11 came on McBee bombs.
The senior finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
Freshman Armani Moore finished with 19 for UT and sophomore Yemi Makanjuola added 16 and 11 rebounds. Freshman D’Montre Edwards pulled down with 13 boards. Senior Kenny Hall chipped in 10 points.
The Tennessee defense held Amici del Campetto to 14 field goals.
With the win Tuesday, the Vols completed a 4-0 sweep against international competition – two teams from Italy, one from Lithuania, one from Montenegro – with an average margin of victory of 49.3 points per game.
Tennessee will head stateside at 9:50 a.m. local time (3:50 a.m. EDT) Wednesday. The Vols are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
Details as they occur online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn