Van Scyoc Scores 19 In The Citadel’s 86-60 Setback to Vols
KNOXVILLE, TN -
Jordan McRae netted a game-high 20 points and lead three Tennessee players in double figures as the Vols earned an 86-60 victory over The Citadel at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday evening.
McRae closed the game by hitting 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He was joined in double figures by Antonio Barton and Robert Hubbs III who scored 13 points apiece. Meanwhile, Armani Moore (seven rebounds), Jeronne Maymon (six) and A.J. Davis (six) provided the Vols with a 41-29 edge on the glass.
Tennessee (2-1) became the second Citadel opponent this season to hit better than 50 percent from the floor, knocking down 30-of-53 (56.6%). The Vols converted 7-of-13 (53.8%) from beyond the arc behind the tandem of Barton and McRae, who were responsible for three each.
Matt Van Scyoc was the lone Citadel player to reach double figures, scoring 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. The sophomore sharpshooter, who finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range, was one of only two Bulldogs, along with Raemond Robinson (2-4) to convert at least two treys. The Citadel (2-3) capped off the night by hitting 8-of-18 (44.4%) from 3-point range.
Van Scyoc buried a trey from the left wing to pull the Bulldogs within 45-31 of the Vols less than one minute into the second half. After a layup by McRae on Tennessee's end, Brian White converted a layup to again pull The Citadel within 14.
Tennessee responded to The Citadel's challenge by putting together a 25-8 run over the next 8:46 of the game to forge in front 70-41. The run was capped off by three straight treys from the combination of A.J. Davis, Barton and McRae.
The Bulldogs answered by scoring the next eight straight points, capitalizing on a pair of 3-pointers by Robinson and Dylen Setzekorn to make for a 70-49 score with 5:18 remaining.
Quinton Marshall came through with five points, while Moore, Setzekorn and Nate Bowser added two each over the final 4:47 of the contest. However, it was not enough as Tennessee completed its fifth all-time victory over the Bulldogs.
The Volunteers used the double figure performances of Barton and McRae, who were responsible for 10 points apiece, to build a 45-28 lead at the half. Barton hit 4-of-5 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, while McRae finished 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long distance.
All five of the Tennessee starters were responsible for at least two field goals as they finished 17-of-28 (60.7%) from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half. The Vols were also active on the boards with 22 rebounds (seven offensive), doubling the number of total boards by the Bulldogs.
The Citadel was led offensively by the combination of Van Scyoc (13 points) and Harris III (five). Van Scyoc closed out the half by hitting 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Harris countered with a one field goal and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs were unable to get in an offensive rhythm, converting just 8-of-23 (34.8%) from the field. Three of the made field goals came from beyond the arc. The Citadel did manage a 9-of-14 (64.3%) performance from the free throw line.
Barton and McRae combined for three treys in the first 5:08 of the game to provide the Vols with a 17-4 lead. The Citadel answered with five of the next seven points, all from Van Scyoc, to cut the lead to 19-9.
Tennessee responded with an 11-1 run, highlighted by four points from Stokes and three off the hand of Barton, to push the margin to 30-10 with 8:39 remaining.
Van Scyoc halted the Dogs' 6:38 scoring drought with a layup and followed with a pair of free throws to give The Citadel its 14th point of the game with just under six minutes remaining.
A layup by White coupled with a pair of free throws by Harris pulled the Cadets within 16, 34-18, before Tennessee scored four unanswered to push the lead back to 20.
Three points each from the trio of Van Scyoc, Harris and Moore over the final 3:17 of the half moved The Citadel within 17 points of the Vols as both teams headed to the locker room.
The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday evening when they head to Wake Forest for a 7 p.m. game at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.