Dec. 17, 2003
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
The Volunteers (4-1) were coming off a 77-62 loss at Nebraska on Saturday, where they shot just 11 percent from the field in the first half and started the game with five turnovers in the first five minutes.
Tennessee was down 2-0 early but never trailed again. The Vols shot 61 percent in the first half and 58 percent from the floor for the game.
The Bulldogs (2-6) barely improved their shooting from 23 percent in the first half to 28 percent in the second, but it hardly made a difference.
The Vols were ahead by 15 with 10:46 left in the first half and by 34 at halftime.
They started the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 59-19 lead with 17:19 left, and the Bulldogs never got closer than 38 the rest of the way.
It was Tennessee's biggest margin of victory in 17 years, topping a 93-47 win over Appalachian State in November 1986.
Anthony Miller was the only player to score in double figures for The Citadel with 11.
In one sequence in the first half, Max Mombollet missed a dunk for The Citadel. Tennessee got the rebound, and Major Wingate slammed it at the other end, giving the Vols a 44-17 lead with 2:32 left in the first half.
Shooting wasn't The Citadel's only problem. Tennessee rebounded 22 of the Bulldogs' 23 misses in the first half, and The Citadel had only seven rebounds before halftime.
The Vols won the rebounding edge 57-26 for the game.
Bulldogs won their first two games but have lost their last six, a stretch that included a 71-66 overtime loss to Emmanuel, an NAIA school.
This was the first game between the teams since Dec. 17, 1962. Exactly 41 years ago, the Vols won 73-56.