KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The Citadel's Mike Groselle netted a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, but it was Tennessee that came away with a 86-55 victory in front of 16,245 in attendance at Thompson-Boiling Arena on Thursday night.
Groselle, who reach the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in his Bulldogs career, became just the fifth player this season to score 20 points or more against the Volunteers.
The Citadel was successful on 22 of 56 field-goal attempts, including four from beyond the arc, led by Groselle who finished 8 of 15 from the field. The Dogs grabbed 27 rebounds, including 12 on the offensive glass, accounting for eight second chance points.
"(Groselle) has played well every game," said Citadel coach Chuck Driesell. "He's a tough kid. He works hard. He's not the most athletic or gifted, but he really makes up for it with effort.
"We do the best job we can to get him the ball as much as we can. And he made some good decisions tonight when he couldn't score, so I was proud of him about that."
Joining Groselle among individual leaders were DeVontae Wright with eight points, and C.J. Bray and Cosmo Morabbi with seven each.
The loss drops The Citadel to 2-10 as they complete a three-game road stretch. The Bulldogs return to McAlister Field House to host Virginia-Wise on Monday at 7 p.m. before beginning Southern Conference play.
Tennessee, which shot better than 50 percent in each period, hit 33 of 59 from the floor and knocked down 9 of 22 from 3-point range. Yemi Makanjuola led four Vols in double figures with a career-high 18 points. Teammates Skylar McBee (12 points), Trae Golden (10 points) and Renaldo Woolridge (10 points) joined Makanjuola among double-digit performers.
Makanjuola completed his double-double performance with 11 rebounds, giving the Vols (6-6) a 40-27 edge on the boards as Tennessee outscored the Bulldogs 42-22 in the paint.
Trailing 40-25 at the intermission, The Citadel opened with a flurry of points in the second half from Wright and Morabbi to cut the margin to 42-30 in less than a minute. Tennessee reacted with a 13-2 run over the next 4:45 of the half.