Butler (8-2) had no answer for the Volunteers defensively and couldn't score on the offensive end in the 2nd half. The Bulldogs were unable to stop the Tennessee penetration into the lane and the Volunteers hit timely jump shots, something they have failed to do for most of the season.
Butler was led by junior guard Kellen Dunham with 16 points on 5/14 shooting including just 4/11 from 3-point range.
Senior forward Kameron Woods had a great day on the glass. He recorded a game-high 16 rebounds and scored 7 points.
It was just another 1st half for the Bulldogs. Butler grinder into the lead and continued to build on it, culminating with 2 late three pointers to extend the lead to 34-25 at the break.
The Bulldogs extended their halftime lead to 10 points after a Kellen Dunham 3-pointer and were leading 37-25.
From there the Bulldogs went cold. Butler didn't score again until there was 12:09 left in the game, a three pointer by Alex Barlow, which gave Butler the lead 40-37.
The teams traded blows until Andrew Chrabascz hit a three pointer to cut the Tennessee lead to just 58-55.
That is when Derek Reese banked in a three point shot and the Volunteers finished the game on a 9-0 run.
Kelan Martin was the only other scorer in double-figures for the Bulldogs. He finished with 13 points on 4/9 shooting (3/8 3PT). He scored the only points by Butler's bench in the game.
Butler returns to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in the Crossroads Classic on December 20th.
It was over when...Derek Reese banked in a three point jumper with 2:08 left to extend the Tennessee lead to 61-55.
NOTES: 10 players scored for Tennessee in the game...Tennessee shot 25/50 (50%) from the field including 3/10 (30%) from 3-point range, while Butler shot 18/54 (33.3%) including 10/29 (34.5%) from 3-point range...Roosevelt Jones finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists...Alex Barlow shot just 2/9 from the field, all 3-pointers finishing with 6 points...Butler had 14 turnovers to just 7 for Tennessee.