MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis senior forward Rodney Carney
scored a career-high 37 points, and Tigers coach John Calipari
wanted to rave about his defense.
Carney also had 10 rebounds Tuesday night to lead No. 4 Memphis
to a 76-58 victory over Louisiana Tech.
"Rodney scored a bunch of points, but let me tell you what
Rodney did -- he defended," Calipari said. "Late in the game, he
did not get beat on the dribble one time."
Carney was 14-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-10 from
3-point range, as the Tigers (9-1) won their sixth straight since
losing to No. 1 Duke in the finals of the Preseason NIT.
Memphis led by as many as 22 points in the second half, and was
up at least 10 points over the final 12 minutes.
Freshman forward Shawne Williams added 17 points for the Tigers,
who shot 40 percent and committed 18 turnovers.
Paul Millsap led Louisiana Tech (6-5) with 27 points and 12
rebounds. Millsap, the Bulldogs' leading scorer, was 10-of-19 from
the field. Millsap was able to get a lot of points as the Louisiana
Tech guards drove the lane and dished to him underneath. Daevon
Haskins was the main contributor with nine assists.
"At halftime, Paul Millsap got off because they beat us on the
dribble, and we had to help," Calipari said. "It was Shelden
Williams (of Duke) all over again. Drop it to him, and he dunks
But there was little scoring support for Millsap as no other
Louisiana Tech player scored more than eight points.
Carney, who came into the game second on the team with a 15.3
points per game average, had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the
first half as Memphis took a 40-30 lead.
The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead as Memphis didn't make a field goal
until almost 5 minutes into the game. But the Tigers went on an
18-2 run with Carney scoring 11 in the streak.
"Defensively, I started off with a couple of steals and a
couple of lockdowns and I went from there," Carney said. "... I
just took what they gave me. I had open 3s when (defenders) kind of
broke down. I hit open drives and open dunks. That's what they gave
Meanwhile, Millsap was held scoreless, missing his first three
shots, and not scoring his first basket until 8:18 remained in the
half. But the junior forward made up for the late start, scoring 13
of the Bulldogs' next 15 points and keeping Louisiana Tech within
"We got 10 minutes into the game before he decided that he
better start playing at that energy level," Louisiana Tech coach
Keith Richard said of Millsap. "He's got to learn that he's got to
bring it every night. I was disappointed in him that first 10 or 12
minutes. I thought they were really taking it to him. Hopefully, it
is a learning experience. He got going after that, but it wasn't
Besides shooting 39 percent in the half, Louisiana Tech was
hindered by 14 turnovers. The Bulldogs had 27 turnovers for the
"There were two things we needed to do well coming into this
game," Richard said. "Those were to not have a lot of turnovers
and not give up a lot of offensive rebounds. And we give up 27
turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds. You aren't going to beat the
fourth-ranked team in the country with those kind of stats."
Millsap continued to carry the Bulldogs early in the second
half, pulling Louisiana Tech within 40-34 with the first two
baskets of the half.
But Memphis would rebuild the lead to double digits, and when
Joey Dorsey scored inside, the Tigers were ahead 52-41, and
Louisiana Tech never got closer the rest of the way.
"We need to play at that energy level. It's something to
watch," Richard said of the Tigers. "Besides their talent, they
shoot the ball a little better this year than they did last year.
They've got more guys. They've got more depth. They've got all
that. But (Calipari's) got them playing at a high energy level