<
>

Memphis 103, Tulane 71

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-- The Memphis Tigers made sure no one thought
their win over nationally-ranked Louisville earlier in the week was
a fluke.

Rodney Carney scored 28 points, leading a Memphis 3-point
barrage, as the Tigers defeated Tulane 103-71 on Saturday
afternoon.

The Tigers (15-10, 8-3 Conference USA) won their second straight
carrying momentum from Wednesday's 85-68 victory over No. 9
Louisville.

"This was a statement game," Carney said. "There were some
people who thought the Louisville game was a fluke. We wanted to
come out with intensity and carry over the intensity from
Louisville to this game. That's what we did."

Carney started fast and connected on 8-of-19 shots from the
field, and Memphis hit 12-of-24 from long range in winning its
fifth in the past six games. It marked the first time the Tigers
had surpassed the century mark since a 102-81 victory over UAB in
2002.

"Memphis was on fire to start the game," Tulane coach Shawn
Finney said. "We had a hand in their face, but they could not
miss. You have to give our guys credit because we did our best out
there."

Tulane (9-13, 3-8) has dropped three of the last four.

Five Tigers were in double figures. Besides Carney, Darius
Washington hit all but one of his six shots for 16 points and added
nine assists. Jeremy Hunt finished with 14, while Anthony Rice and
Waki Williams scored 13 apiece.

Quincy Davis led the Green Wave with 28 points and 11 rebounds,
while Ivan Pjevcevic scored 13. Tulane was hindered by a 36
percentage shooting performance. Outside of Davis' 10-of-18 from
the floor, the rest of the Green Wave starters were a combined
5-of-28.

Memphis coach John Calipari said other teams are starting to
worry about playing his Tigers because of Memphis' defense and
rebounding. The Tigers held a 48-42 advantage over Tulane on the
boards.

"Every coach out there thinks they can shut an offense down,"
Calipari said. "But when you guard like we guard, you don't want
to play that. Now, it's a question of will we be tough enough and
take care of the ball."

"We're playing together a lot better," said Memphis center
Arthur Barclay. "...We're accepting our teammates. We know if we
get beat, we know we've got help. We're not scared to get up and
press people. We're just coming together."

Memphis opened a 20-point lead at the half, and piled it on in
the early stages of the second half. By the time Finney called
timeout in hopes of stopping the momentum, Memphis had a 66-38 lead
with 16:46 left and the game was in hand. Tulane never got the
Tiger lead under 25 the rest of the way.

Memphis relied on Carney early and the 3-point shot throughout
the first half to take a 56-36 lead, the most points scored by the
Tigers in a half this season.

Carney had Memphis' first 11 points, hitting all three of his
shots from behind the arc, to erase a quick Tulane start. Carney
wasn't the only Tiger hitting from long-range in the first half.

"We did a good job of changing defenses," Finney said, "but
Memphis was 10-of-15 from 3-point range, and that is tough to
combat."

The Tigers created some distance with a 10-0 run beginning with
about nine minutes left in the half. Memphis closed the half with a
17-5 spurt in the final 4:39.

Carney collected 18 in the half, while Rice added 13, missing
only one of his six shots from the field.

Davis led Tulane with 16, while Pjevcevic scored 13.