(3) Memphis 105

(24-2, 10-0 C-USA)

Tulane 65

(9-15, 4-7 C-USA)

    8:00 PM ET, February 18, 2006

    Devlin FIeldhouse, New Orleans, Louisiana

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    #3MEM 53 52105
    TULN 33 3265

    Top Performers

    Memphis: R. Carney 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Tulane: D. Gomez 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Carney's 24 help Memphis rout Tulane for 13th straight win

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- No. 3 Memphis started fast, finished strong and never let up against Tulane.

    Rodney Carney scored 24 points and the Tigers beat the Green Wave 105-65 on Saturday night for their 13th straight victory.

    Memphis (24-2, 10-0 Conference USA) improved to 10-0 on the road, clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament and have the best record in school history after 26 games.

    "I'm not interested in the best start, I'm interested in the best finish," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "That's the best we've played all year. That was not about Tulane, it was all about us. That's as good as we can play. We're playing the way we need to be playing."

    Carney scored 11 points and the Tigers forced 12 turnovers in building a 53-33 halftime lead. They led by as many as 43 in the second half.

    "At this point in the year I'm really in a groove," said Carney, who finished 4-for-4 from 3-point range. "I'm coming out playing great defense and knocking down easy shots. We're so talented and so deep that we don't know if that's the best we can play. We might have just scratched the surface."

    The Tigers' margin of victory was their largest of the season, surpassing a 39-point victory against Southern Mississippi on Tuesday.

    Tulane (9-15, 4-7) lost its third straight and saw its three-game home winning streak end.

    Darius Washington scored 15 points for Memphis, Chris Douglas-Roberts had 13 and Antonio Anderson 12. The Tigers, playing without starting forward Shawne Williams, their third-leading scorer who was resting a sore knee, scored 30 points off 22 Tulane turnovers, including 17 steals.

    Quincy Davis led Tulane with 19 points and David Gomez scored 14.

    "There are no positives," said Tulane coach Dave Dickerson, whose team allowed its most points this season and sustained its biggest margin of defeat. "We got beat by a better team. They played great. I'm disappointed in the way we lost."

    The Green Wave stayed within 11 until 3-pointers by Anderson and Carney started a 10-2 run that gave Memphis a 19-point lead.

    Tulane shot 57 percent, but turnovers and the Tigers' athleticism was too much to overcome.

    "We created some turnovers and that's why we had a 20-point lead," Calipari said. "Today we were ready to go so they never really had a chance."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 65
    FG Made-Attempted 42-73 (.575) 22-50 (.440)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 1-9 (.111)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.733) 20-29 (.690)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 43 2

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