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Chattanooga stayed hot early in the second half, getting 3-pointers from Mason and Ronrico White to extend the lead to 42-30. The Mocs were 10 of 16 from beyond the arc at that point.
That's when Kansas finally buckled down on defense, let loose on offense, and gave another packed crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse a reason to clamber onto its feet.
McLemore's first dunk during the surge prompted a timeout by Shulman. After the Jayhawks forced a shot-clock violation when the game resumed, McLemore hopped on his pogo stick along the baseline and skied to grab a lob by Johnson for another dunk.
McLemore was on the giving end on the next possession, tossing up the pass for Releford to finish off a dunk, and Shulman frantically called another timeout.
Johnson's 3-pointer finally gave Kansas a 44-43 lead, its first since it was 2-0. McLemore added a breakaway dunk, Naadir Tharpe buried a 3, and Johnson connected with McLemore again for an alley-oop dunk. By the time Withey took a feed from McLemore for a dunk and then added a foul shot, the Jayhawks had suddenly built a 57-46 lead.
The Jayhawks cruised down the stretch from there, outscoring the Mocs 41-19 in the second half. They only committed four turnovers after the break.
"They just locked us up defensively," Shulman said. "They came back and made some shots. Once you make a shot, it kind of changes how everything looks."
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