Southern Miss 41

(8-17, 2-8 C-USA)

(3) Memphis 80

(23-2, 9-0 C-USA)

    8:00 PM ET, February 14, 2006

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    USM 10 3141
    #3MEM 34 4680

    Top Performers

    Southern Miss: D. Cornwell 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Memphis: K. Cooper 13 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    No. 3 Memphis notches 12th straight win in rout

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy was realistic about his team's ability to keep pace with No. 3 Memphis.

    They had no chance, the Golden Eagles' coach said after losing 80-41 to the Tigers on Tuesday night.

    "This was a mismatch," Eustachy said. "We could play them 100 times, and we'd never beat them one time. We just wouldn't. That's just the way it is."

    Rodney Carney scored 15 points and Kareem Cooper had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Tigers to their 12th straight victory.

    Darius Washington and Shawne Williams had 11 points each for Memphis (23-2, 9-0 Conference USA), and Robert Dozier finished with 10 points, hitting all three of his shots from the field and all four free throws.

    The game was important for Cooper, who was arrested Jan. 23 for possession of marijuana in a Memphis suburb. He missed four games after the episode and pleaded guilty to charges connected to the incident earlier Tuesday.

    "I thought Kareem was terrific," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "He's been working out at 6:30 in the morning. He's been working hard at practice. He has been humble about this whole situation."

    Courtney Beasley scored 15 points for Southern Mississippi (8-17, 2-8) and David Cornwell added 10. The Golden Eagles shot 28 percent in losing for the eighth time in their last nine games.

    Memphis led 34-10 at the half, the lowest total for a Memphis opponent in a half this season. The Golden Eagles scored two points in the first 10 minutes and failed to score in the final 7 minutes.

    However, it wasn't Southern Mississippi's worst performance in a half this season. The Golden Eagles had only nine points in the second half of a 44-30 loss to Denver in November.

    With Tigers defenders denying passes and pressuring the ball, Southern Mississippi shot 15 percent from the field in the first half and had 13 turnovers.

    "When you don't score, you don't look good that's all there is to it," Eustachy said of the first half performance. "We didn't score, and we didn't look good."

    Memphis had its own problems in the half, committing nine turnovers and missing 10 of its first 13 shots. That hindered the Tigers from building the lead to double digits until midway through the half. Memphis scored the last 15 points of the half.

    Things just didn't get better for Southern Mississippi in the second half, with Memphis using a 14-3 run to make it 57-21. Part of that was the intensity of the Memphis defense despite holding a double-digit lead most of the game.

    Calipari acknowledged that one reason for that intensity with a big lead is his team plays "for a coach who's half nuts, and who's on you to go hard with great intensity."

    "He coaches every single play, and you're going to have to do it, even if we're up 35 or 40," Carney said. "If you're out there playing around, and not really intense, he's going to sub you. You don't want to get subbed. You want to be out there and play."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 41 80
    FG Made-Attempted 15-54 (.278) 26-62 (.419)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-10 (.200) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-15 (.600) 25-28 (.893)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 44

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