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Kansas beats Tennessee in close game

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

For a random non-conference game thrown into a team's schedule in late January, this game was pretty fun. Things were tight through most of the 1st half, with the Jayhawks using only seven players. KU was finally able to put a little distance between themselves and the Volunteers in the final minutes, and went into the locker room up 37-30.

In the second half KU mostly kept Tennessee at arm's length, with the Vols' Yves Pons doing all he could to keep it close. The lead stayed between around four and eight for much of the second half as the teams played it roughly even.

At the 4:27 mark, Pond brought the game to one possession, 66-63, as Tennessee smartly attacked the paint any time Udoka Azubuike had to sit. Dok was in some foul trouble through much of the second half, meaning Garrett and Agbaji had to defend down low more than they're accustomed to. Dok, with four fouls, reentered the game at that point, and promptly hit three of four free throws in back to back possessions to stretch the lead to six. Tennessee would respond and with two minutes to go, the lead was back down to three. Dok got it back to four with another free throw, then got airborne to intercept a pass on the other end. After Dotson made it five, Dok came up with a huge block with 35 seconds left to seal Tennessee's fate. The Jayhawks came away with a 74-68 victory.

Dok was player of the game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Dotson was KU's high scorer with 22 on top of seven assists. Marcus Garrett was a Swiss-Army knife across the stat sheet with eight points, seven boards, three assists and four steals.

KU has a quick turnaround now, playing at Oklahoma State on Monday night.