Vols smoke Camels

Tennessee's basketball team finally found someone it could dominate. Shooting at an incredible clip for the first 25 minutes, the Vols coasted to a 90-49 defeat of visiting Campbell College Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Vols smoke Camels The Big Orange hit 24 of its first 31 field goal tries (78 percent), including the first eight attempts of the second half. The Vols were 13 of 15 from 3-point range during this amazing stretch. Tennessee finished at 57 percent overall (30 of 52), its fourth consecutive game at 50 percent or better. The Vols hit 14 of 22 shots from 3-point range, one shy of the single-game school record.

Tennessee's perimeter game was on fire. C.J. Watson produced 20 points and 7 assists. He was 6 of 7 from the field and 5 of 5 from the foul line. Scooter McFadgon, who missed Monday's game with Belmont due to a one-game disciplinary suspension, added 18 points. Freshman Chris Lofton chipped in 16.

Watson scored 14 of his points in helping the Vols build a 51-24 halftime bulge. McFadgon added 13 by the break. Playing better defense than usual, UT also forced 15 first-half turnovers against the outmanned Camels.

Oddly enough, Tennessee led by a scant 15-13 margin midway through the first half. Watson hit back-to-back 3-pointers, however, to ignite a 17-0 run that spread the lead to 32-13 with 7:40 remaining. McFadgon hit a 3 and two short jumpers during the run.

After a bucket by Campbell, Lofton hit a 10-footer and a 3-pointer as the gap widened to 37-15. The Camels made a mild rally but Tennessee posted three consecutive three-point possessions. Watson hit a three-point play, Jordan Howell nailed a 3 and McFadgon added another as the lead swelled to 49-21.

Two free throws by Watson gave Tennessee its biggest lead of the half, 51-21 with 7 seconds left. Campbell's Atkinson nailed a desperation 3 at the buzzer, closing the gap to 51-24.

Watson and Lofton hit two 3-pointers each early in the second half as the lead swelled to 69-26. The Vols eventually widened the gap to 50 (77-27) against the hapless Camels, then head coach Buzz Peterson emptied his bench.

Tennessee, now 6-4, hosts Nebraska Thursday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is 7 p.m., one-half hour earlier than usual. Campbell slips to 2-6.

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