UT freshman Robert Hubbs on his game against The Citadel
The Tennessee’s men’s basketball team found the fast start that had twice eluded it, then never looked back.
UT (2-1) overpowered The Citadel 86-60 on Monday at Thompson-Boling Arena, cruising to a second consecutive home win and adding a bit more distance from its season-opening loss at Xavier. The Vols are now 5-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (2-3).
Senior guard Jordan McRae led the Vols with 20 points. Guards Antonio Barton and Robert Hubbs each added 13. Bulldogs’ Matt Van Scyoc scored 19.
UT struck early against an overmatched Bulldogs team that is picked to finish last in the Southern Conference. Back-to-back buckets by junior forward Jarnell Stokes (nine points, three rebounds) came within a minute, and the four-point lead eventually grew as large as 20 in the first half.
The Vols’ 45-28 lead at half was the first time they’ve led at intermission all season, and it allowed reserves to get plenty of playing time in the second. Every scholarship player but sophomore guard Derek Reese entered the game, and walk-on guard Galen Campbell entered in the final minute.
Monday’s game was preliminary round action for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, which Tennessee will play in from Nov. 28-30 in The Bahamas.
The Vols host Tennessee State on Friday.