The Citadel vs Tennessee

Tennessee 86, The Citadel 55

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Yemi Makanjuola had a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to help Tennessee keep The Citadel at bay in an 86-55 victory Thursday night.

Seven of Makanjuola's rebounds came on the offensive end, and the big man turned those boards into points. He scored all 18 of his points consecutively over an 8:43 stretch, starting when he put back a missed free throw by Renaldo Woolridge to give the Volunteers a 62-38 lead with 10:48 to play.

By the time he hit his final points, tipping in a missed shot by Jordan McRae for a 78-48 lead with 2:31 left, Makanjuola had well surpassed his previous career highs of six points and seven rebounds, both set in the Vols' win against Chaminade earlier in the season.

While Makanjuola did his work with a comfortable lead, it was Skylar McBee's 12 points in the first half that helped Tennessee pull away for its biggest margin of victory this season. As Tennessee's post players drew the attention of The Citadel's zone defense, McBee and Cameron Tatum were left open on the perimeter.

Tennessee held a 16-14 lead, when a pair of 3s by McBee launched a 15-3 run, and Tatum hit another trey with 4:31 before halftime that pushed the margin to 31-17. McBee finished the half 4 of 5 from 3-point range but did not score again in the second half.

Trae Golden and Woolridge each scored 10 points for the Vols, who shot 55.9 percent (33 of 59) and cleared their bench by the end of the game. They outscored The Citadel 42-22 in the paint and held a 40-27 rebounding edge.

Mike Groselle, who entered the game averaging 15.8 points, led The Citadel (2-10) with 21 points.

The Bulldogs hit 39.3 percent (22 of 56) in their eighth straight loss.

The 31-point victory was a much-needed shot of confidence for a Tennessee team that lost four straight between Nov. 28 and Dec. 14 and will play five games in January against teams currently ranked among the top 15 in the nation. Since then, the Vols had to come from behind to earn narrow wins against UNC Asheville and East Tennessee State.

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The Citadel Bulldogs
C. Bray, F213-70-02007
M. Groselle, C378-155-682321
D. Wright, G323-70-13018
C. Morabbi, G293-60-21027
L. Miller, G190-60-00210
A. Moore232-70-03314
B. Holston140-20-22120
J. Robertson101-30-02112
M. Harris61-20-12002
P. Horgan50-00-01000
N. Conley20-00-00010
W. Keistler10-01-20001
B. Smith11-11-10003
Totals 22-567-152791255
 39.3%46.7% 
Tennessee Volunteers
J. Maymon, F263-42-24128
K. Hall, F172-23-42037
T. Golden, G245-70-055210
J. McRae, G231-60-04413
C. Tatum, G193-60-02208
R. Woolridge194-61-230010
S. McBee184-100-000012
J. Richardson181-40-03432
W. Washpun140-10-03130
Y. Makanjuola137-94-5110118
D. Miller41-10-00002
G. Campbell11-10-00002
R. Kilmartin11-10-00003
B. Lopez10-00-00000
R. Murphy10-11-21011
T. Summitt10-00-00010
Totals 33-5911-1540171786
 55.9%73.3% 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wofford16-228-747
Chattanooga15-322-10112
Mercer12-619-16212
W. Carolina9-915-17221
ETSU8-1016-14192
VMI7-1111-19287
Samford6-1213-19305
Citadel6-1211-19327
UNC-Green.6-1211-22309
Furman5-1311-22293

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky18-038-11
Arkansas13-527-920
LSU11-722-1157
Georgia11-721-1238
Texas A&M11-721-1267
Ole Miss11-721-1360
Vanderbilt9-921-14104
Alabama8-1019-1585
Florida8-1016-1772
Tennessee7-1116-1696
S. Carolina6-1217-1691
Miss. State6-1213-19216
Auburn4-1415-20128
Missouri3-159-23218
 
Other games
HARV 67 Final
BC 46
ELON 62 Final
NC 100
Florida 83 Final
RUT 85
PSU 53 Final
Michigan 71
HOW 34 Final
Kansas 89
VAN 74 Final
MU 57