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Volunteers defeat Tigers at FedExForum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - No. 1 no more.

And the perfect season is gone, too.

Tyler Smith hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 26.5 seconds left and No. 2 Tennessee knocked off the nation's last unbeaten team, edging top-ranked Memphis 66-62 on Saturday night.

Tennessee (25-2) won on a night when star guard Chris Lofton scored only 7 points, beating the Tigers with a dominating performance on the boards. Lofton did finish it off, though, hitting a couple of free throws with 4.5 seconds to go after Memphis intentionally missed at the line.

Memphis (26-1) lost at home for the first time since Jan. 2, 2006, ending the nation's longest home winning streak at 47 games.

The Tigers had hoped to use this game to show their lofty record was proof they were the nation's best team, not the beneficiaries of playing in an unheralded league, Conference USA.

And, of course, they wanted to stay on track to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to make it all the way through the season with a perfect record.

But the Hoosiers can rest easy. At the end, Tennessee's players walked off the court in triumph, holding up the name across the front of their orange jerseys to taunt the stunned crowd. The small group of Vols fans who actually got in the building hung around to chant "We're No. 1! We're No. 1!"

Tennessee surely will be No. 1 when the next poll comes out - for the first time in school history.


No. 2 TENNESSEE 66, No. 1 MEMPHIS 62

TENNESSEE (25-2)

T.Smith 6-11 4-6 16, Chism 5-11 0-0 13, J.Smith 3-8 0-0 9,  Lofton 2-11 3-4 7, R.Smith 2-9 1-1 5, Howell 0-3 0-0 0, Tabb 0-1 0-0 0,  Prince 5-8 3-4 13, Crews 1-2 1-1 3, Williams 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 24-64 12-18 66.

MEMPHIS (26-1) 

Dozier 3-5 2-2 8, Dorsey 0-3 1-2 1, Anderson 3-7 0-0 8,  Douglas-Roberts 5-12 2-4 14, Rose 9-16 3-6 23, Taggart 1-1 0-0 3,  Kemp 0-3 0-0 0, Allen 0-1 0-2 0, Mack 0-6 0-1 0, Robinson 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 23-58 8-17 62.

Halftime- Memphis 35-34.

Point Goals- Tennessee 6-19 (Chism 3-5,  J.Smith 3-6, T.Smith 0-1, Tabb 0-1, Howell 0-2, Lofton 0-4), Memphis  8-27 (Anderson 2-4, Rose 2-5, Douglas-Roberts 2-6, Taggart 1-1, Robinson  1-2, Dozier 0-1, Kemp 0-3, Mack 0-5).

Fouled Out- None. 

Rebounds- Tennessee 50 (J.Smith 10), Memphis 34 (Dorsey 6). 

Assists- Tennessee 14 (Lofton, T.Smith 3), Memphis 10 (Rose 5).

Total Fouls- Tennessee 19, Memphis 17.

Attendance- 18,389.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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