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Carrie Anderson

Kansas Downs Tennessee

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Sherron Collins had 26 points and nine

assists, and Cole Aldrich had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help

Kansas knock off No. 14 Tennessee 92-85 Saturday.

Needing a win against a big-name school, Kansas (10-3) fed off

the energy of a rowdy crowd to build an early 16-point lead, then

held off the Vols down the stretch for its 32nd straight win at

Allen Fieldhouse.

After a series of missteps against bigger schools, the young

Jayhawks held their composure against Tennessee's defensive

pressure, pulling out the kind of win that should look good come

NCAA tournament time.

Poor shot selection and defensive breakdowns put Tennessee (9-3)

in a big hole early and the Vols never recovered, ending their

three-game winning streak. It doesn't get any easier, either: The Vols

 face No. 16 Gonzaga on Wednesday, their final game before

starting Southeastern Conference play.

Tyler Smith led the Vols with 21 points and Wayne Chism, back

after a scary fall in his last game, had 17 points and six blocked

shots while playing with a bruised spine and elbow.

Allen Fieldhouse is already one the nation's loudest arenas and

the atmosphere was more like a Metallica concert than a college

basketball game for the first meeting between these two


Tennessee seemed rattled by the raucous atmosphere early on,

putting up quick shots on offense, getting beat off the dribble and

on backdoor cuts at the other end.

Coach Bruce Pearl called two timeouts in the first 4½ minutes -

after plenty of stomping and red-faced screaming - and it still

couldn't seem to calm the Vols down. Kansas followed with a 10-0

run, going up 25-9 on Brady Morningstar's 3-pointer from the top of

the circle.

Tennessee finally started to settle down late in the first half,

using its defensive pressure to whittle the lead to 40-31 by

halftime. The Vols never made it back, though.

The Jayhawks answered every run with one of their own, the final

one coming after Tennessee pulled within 77-70 with 4 minutes left.

Collins and Aldrich had a lot to do with it.

Aldrich was all over the court, hitting straightaway jumpers,

flying in for dunks on alley-oops and fast breaks, swatting shots

into the stands. He keyed the final Jayhawks run, getting a pair of

two-handed slams that put Kansas up 83-72 with just over two

minutes left. Aldrich finished 10-of-14 from the floor and blocked

six shots.

After taking just five shots in his last game, Collins was far

more aggressive against the Vols, repeatedly beating them off the

dribble to get to the rim or dish to teammates for easy layups and

jumpers. He shot 7-of-14 and added five rebounds.

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