Jarnell Stokes scored 19 points and went 7-of-8 from the floor Monday as Tennessee relied on suffocating defense to roll to a 77-50 victory over cold-shooting Oakland.
The victory helped Tennessee (4-1) gain a measure of revenge against Oakland, a Summit League program that had defeated Tennessee each of the last two seasons. Oakland, which has averaged 23.5 wins over the last four years, won 89-82 at Knoxville in December 2010 and beat the Vols 89-81 at home last season.
But the Golden Grizzlies never had a chance Monday.
Oakland (2-5) shot just 28.6 percent (16-of-56) overall and went 2-of-16 from 3-point range. The Golden Grizzlies (2-5) were coming off a 70-52 loss at Michigan State on Friday in which they shot 27.6 percent (16-of-58), their worst field-goal percentage since joining the Division I ranks in 1999.
Tennessee played at Oakland last year just four days after returning from the Maui Classic and looked like a tired team that entire game. The Volunteers avoided a si...