Xavier went more than ten minutes of game time without a basket Saturday in Knoxville, losing a third straight game.
Travis Taylor led Xavier with 12 points, but XU lost a 10 point lead during the scoring drought and dropped the game 51-47.
Head coach Chris Mack said his team emphasized offensive efficiency in practice leading up to the game with Tennessee after scoring just 45 in a loss to UC and 55 in a surprising loss to Wofford. Still, X hit just one three-pointer agains the Vols and committed 19 turnovers.
The loss drops Xavier to 7-5 before the final non-conference game before the start of A10 play against Wake Forest.
Justin Martin had 6 points for Xavier. Semaj Christon didn't score his first basket until less than a minute was remaining in the game.