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Memphis 89, Belmont 83

12/17/2003

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) --Duane Erwin scored a career-high 21 points
and Rodney Carney collected nine of his 16 points in the final 1:32
as Memphis held off Belmont 89-83 Wednesday night.

Erwin hit all eight of his field goals, but it was Carney's
scoring down the stretch that reversed a Belmont comeback that tied
the game at 78 when Adam Mark rebounded Jese Snyder's missed free
throw with 2:04 left.

Carney scored three times off rebounds and converted 3-of-4 from
the line in the final 92 seconds as the Tigers (5-2) put on enough
of a run late to offset the Bruins.

Belmont (4-3) stayed close thanks to a torrid night from 3-point
range. The Bruins connected on 17-of-38 attempts from behind the
arc, including 62 percent in the first half.

Mark led Belmont with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but Steve
Drabyn did the damage from outside with 21 points, including seven
3-pointers. Josh Goodwin finished with 12 on 4-of-8 from outside
the arc.

Antonio Burks matched Carney's 16 points, while Sean Banks had
14 and Arthur Barclay scored a career-high 11 points. Carney had a
team-high 11 rebounds.

Memphis led 44-36 at the half, but Belmont's 3-point shooting
kept the Bruins close. Drabyn connected on four of his five shots
from long range for 12 points in the half.

Several times the Bruins cut the Tiger lead to one, but each
time, Memphis turned back the rally. Memphis closed with seven
consecutive points for its biggest lead of the first half.

Both teams shot well in the opening half, with Memphis hitting
56 percent and Belmont connecting on half its shots. But the Bruins
suffered nine turnovers, including five by Mark in the post.

Memphis would finish the game shooting 51 percent, but Belmont
cooled off after halftime, finishing 46 percent from the field.

The Tigers built a 15-point lead near the midway point of the
second half, but Belmont whittled away with four straight
3-pointers, including a pair by Drabyn.

The comeback to tie the game was the result of a 16-5 run by the
Bruins, led by Mark who had nine points during the stretch.