Tuesday , Nov , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis cruises to victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee

=== Memphis cruises to victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee ===

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney scored 17 points and grabbed
nine rebounds, as 12th-ranked Memphis pulled away in the second half to post a
convincing 79-52 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round of the
Preseason NIT at FedEx Forum.

Shawne Williams also added 17 points for the Tigers (1-0), who will play
Alabama in Thursday night’s quarterfinals. The Crimson Tide moved into the
round of eight with a six-point win over Miami-Ohio.

Darius Washington scored 16 and Kareem Cooper chipped in 14 points in the win.

Joah Tucker had a game-high 23 points for the Panthers (0-1), who failed to
get a win in head coach Rob Jeter’s debut.

Jeter took over the reigns after Bruce Pearl left in the offseason to fill the
University of Tennessee’s head coaching vacancy.

Memphis led 11-9 early on before taking control with a 16-0 spurt that spanned
just over six minutes. Washington started the run with a basket and Carney’s
three-pointer moments later made it 21-9 with 11:15 left in the opening half.
Williams, who had five points during the flurry, capped the barrage with a
jumper to make it 27-9 with 8:53 left.

The Tigers stretched the cushion to 31-12 just over one minute later, but
Wisconsin-Milwaukee hung tough and pulled within 10 points on two free throws
by Tucker later in the stanza.

Memphis eventually led 40-28 at the intermission.

Leading by 11 early in the second half, Memphis put the game out of reach with
an 11-2 run that made it a 20-point contest. Carney had five points, including
a dunk to cap the spurt, and Williams added four to extend the cushion to
58-38 with 8:56 left in the game.

A pair of free throws by Washington moments later pushed the Tigers lead to
65-42 and the margin grew as high as 29 points in the waning minutes.

Game Notes

The Tigers ended the 2004-05 season with a 22-12 record and lost to Saint
Joseph’s in the NIT semifinals, while Wisconsin-Milwaukee was 26-6 and reached
the NCAA Tournament where the school lost to Illinois in the Sweet
16…Memphis leads the all-time series 3-0, although this was the first
meeting since 1979…The Tigers are 58-28 all-time in season-openers,
including a 4-2 mark under head coach John Calipari…Jeter had served as an
associate head coach at Wisconsin prior to taking the head coaching job at UW-