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.