KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan McRae scored 19 points to lead six Tennessee players in double figures Saturday as the Volunteers tuned up for the start of Southeastern Conference competition with a 98-51 blowout of Division II program Tusculum.
Jeronne Maymon added 16 points, Antonio Barton chipped in 14 and D'Montre Edwards had a career-high 12. Jarnell Stokes and Josh Richardson had 10 points each as Tennessee earned its third straight win.
Darius Carter scored 22 points for Tusculum.
This matchup was considered a regular-season game for Tennessee but an exhibition game for Tusculum. NCAA rules allow Division II teams to schedule two exhibition games against Division I schools, and Tusculum had only faced one Division I program during the preseason.
Tennessee (9-4) opens SEC play Tuesday at LSU. Because this counted as an exhibition game for Tusculum, the Pioneers remained 1-11 after the loss.