No. 5 Memphis rolls over SMU
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney scored 15 points to lead fifth-
ranked Memphis past SMU, 73-53, at FedEx Forum.
Joey Dorsey contributed 13 points and eight rebounds while Darius Washington
Jr. also netted 13 points for the Tigers (15-2, 2-0 Conference USA), who have
won four straight games.
Bryan Hopkins scored a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs (7-7. 0-2), who
have dropped three straight contests.
After allowing the first two points of the game, Memphis quickly turned the
game into a laugher as it reeled off an 18-0 run. Carney had six points during
the spurt and Chris Douglas-Roberts added four, while Shawne Williams’ three-
pointer with 10:52 left capped the barrage and made it 18-2.
SMU, though, slowly came back and pulled within 25-15 on Bamba Fall’s dunk
just under four minutes later, but the Mustangs would not get any closer.
The Tigers eventually went into the locker room with a 33-22 edge.
Memphis kept the pressure up in the second half and widened the lead to 15
points on Carney’s layup with 18:04 left. The Tigers were never threatened
again and led by as many as 23 points in the waning minutes.
The Tigers shot 51 percent from the field, while SMU hit on only 37 percent of
its attempts…Memphis head coach John Calipari improved to 130-57 as Tigers’
head coach…Memphis has won five straight C-USA home openers and is 8-3 all-
time in its first conference home contest of the season…The Tigers lead the
all-time series 2-1.