Thursday , Dec , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Carney carries No. 9 Memphis to rout of Jackson State

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney poured in 25 points as ninth-
ranked Memphis was never challenged in 97-70 blowout of Jackson State at the

Carney also tied a career-high by making six three-pointers for Memphis (5-1),
which shot 49.2 percent from the floor.

Shawne Williams tallied 17 points, Joey Dorsey added 10 points and 11
rebounds, and Kareem Cooper contributed 11 points off the bench in the

Clinton Johnson led Jackson State with 24 points and Catraiva Givens scored 14
points, but the team shot just 33.3 percent from the floor.

Jackson State (1-4) was outrebounded 48-35 and never threatened after a poor
shooting start.

Memphis wasted little time opening up a comfortable lead. A 20-0 run over
almost seven minutes gave the Conference USA power a 24-4 cushion.

Darius Washington Jr., Antonio Anderson and Carney drained three-pointers to
start the stretch, then after a Dorsey free throw, Williams connected on a

After two Dorsey free throws, Williams buried a three-pointer and punctuated
the spurt with a jam in the lane.

Jackson State was 0-of-10 from the floor, while Memphis connected on 7-of-11
during the run.

“If we didn’t have any speed, we wouldn’t win that many games,” Carney said
of Memphis’ up-tempo pace early in the game. “We try to press them and
try to get them to play fast. That’s the way we play. If we don’t play
real fast, I don’t think we have much of a chance to win.”

The lead escalated to 43-16 with just over three minutes to go in the half,
ending a 7-0 spurt capped by Waki Williams’ slam. Jackson State cut the lead
back to 20, 45-25, at the half.

The first-half statistics told the entire story. Jackson State shot just 23.3
percent from the floor, had a 1-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio and scored just
six points in the paint.

On the other hand, Memphis shot 48.6 percent, connected on 7-of-16 three-
pointers and scored 20 points in the paint. Carney led all scorers with 12

The second half was just as one-sided. Jackson State never got within 20
points and the lead swelled to 86-50 with just under seven minutes to play.

Game Notes

This was the second game for Memphis in three days. It defeated Lamar, 108-83,
on Monday night…Memphis leads the all-time series, 11-1. The lone Jackson
State victory was a 79-74 decision during the 1993-94 season…Memphis blocked
15 shots, but committed 22 turnovers…Washington scored 10 points in the win.