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Updated: Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:57 AM EST
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(9) Kentucky 92, Tennessee 60

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Tubby Smith would like to bottle this one.

Ninth-ranked Kentucky shot 59 percent from the floor, made 11 3-pointers and placed all five starters in double figures in a 92-60 rout of Tennessee.

It was the most lopsided win of the season for Kentucky (20-4, 10-3 SEC East), which reached the 20-win plateau for the 14th consecutive season and clinched at least a share of the East Division title.

"If you look at the numbers, it was probably one of our better games," Smith said. "When we hit the outside shot like we did tonight we are pretty good because we are very solid in most other areas, especially defensively."

Kentucky's starters combined to make 28-of-45 shots. Kelenna Azubuike scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Antwain Barbour was also 3-of-4 from behind the arc and had 16 points and Cliff Hawkins added 15 for the Wildcats, who played most of the way without leading scorer Gerald Fitch.

"Gerald had food poisoning so he was a little woozy," Smith said. "He was nauseated and throwing up after the pregame meal."

"When someone's out like that, the whole team has to come together in order to make sure we execute," Azubuike said.

Fitch played less than a minute and committed two fouls.

Along with making 11-of-19 3-pointers, the Wildcats also dominated inside, outscoring the Volunteers, 34-18 in the paint.

"They moved the ball pretty quick in their halfcourt offense and we just weren't able to stop them," Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said. "They shot well from the 3-point line."

The Volunteers (13-11, 5-8 SEC East) nearly knocked off Kentucky on February 3, but Hawkins hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation and the Wildcats went on to win in overtime, 69-68. Kentucky managed to pull that game out despite barely shooting more than 40 percent from the field.

But this time, the Wildcats made 33-of-56 shots and outrebounded Tennessee, 40-27.

Scooter McFadgon led the Volunteers with 18 points. He had 33 in the first meeting.


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