LSU (18-7, 7-5) scored a win it had to have on Saturday, blowing out Tennessee (14-10, 6-6) in Thompson-Boling Arena by the final score of 73-55.
The Tigers exploded out of the gate in Knoxville, staking claim to an early 25-10 lead before reaching halftime up by 47-20, a margin which proved to be insurmountable.
Donnie Tyndall's Volunteers did make a stand to begin the second half, closing the gap to 17 with an 11-1 run exiting the break.
But it was all for naught as it was LSU's day on Rocky Top.
Jordan Mickey led the way with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks. He was joined in double-figure scoring by fellow starters Tim Quarterman (13 points, six rebounds, six assists) and Keith Hornsby (16 points, four rebounds, seven assists), who hit seven of the Tigers' nine made three-pointers on the afternoon.
All-told LSU shot 25-of-47 (53.2%) from the field and dished out 18 assists as a team.
Armani Moore and Josh Richardson combined for 31 points for the home-standing Vols, which shot 21-of-57 (36.8%) as a team and committed 11 turnovers while compiling only nine assists.
Johnny Jones' Bayou Bengals are back in action Tuesday night, playing at College Station on short rest.
Tigers throttle Vols 73-55
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