Friday , Jan , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No, 3 Memphis holds off UAB in C-USA showdown

=== No, 3 Memphis holds off UAB in C-USA showdown ===

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Darius Washington scored 26 points and went 6-
of-11 from three-point range, as the third-ranked Memphis Tigers beat the
Alabama-Birmingham Blazers 73-66 at the FedExForum.

Rodney Carney netted 19 points and Joey Dorsey had 12 along with 16 rebounds
for the Tigers (18-2, 4-0 C-USA), who snapped UAB’s 10-game win streak and
extended their own run to seven straight games.

Paul Delaney paced the Blazers (14-4, 4-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds,
while Marvett McDonald and Wen Mukubu each scored 12 points in the loss.

“We’ve got a ways to go,” said Memphis head coach John Calipari. “We’re 18-2.
When you beat a team who is on a 10-game win streak, it’s a great win. We had
chances to get it to 16, 18, 20 and we’re just not capable of it yet. But
hopefully we can begin to learn.”

Memphis was ahead 43-36 at the 15:49 mark of the final frame, but UAB took a
49-46 lead courtesy of a 13-3 streak, highlighted by three-pointers from
McDonald and Mukubu.

The Tigers responded with a 14-5 run, with Carney scoring seven consecutive
points, to regain the lead at 60-54 with 7:42 remaining.

UAB would get as close as 65-63 on Carldell Johnson’s basket from beyond
the arc with 1:47 to play, but Memphis pulled away in the final minutes by
outscoring the Blazers 8-3.

The Tigers connected on 36.8 percent of their shots, including 43.3 percent in
the second half, and outrebounded Alabama-Birmingham 54-34. The Blazers
finished 37.7 percent from the floor.

With Memphis leading 8-7, the Tigers reeled off an 18-6 run capped by
Dorsey’s layup to make the score 26-13 with 9:56 to play in the first half.

Carney’s trey later gave Memphis a 30-17 advantage. However, the Blazers
closed the half with a 14-6 spurt, including six points from Delaney and a
pair of buckets from Lawrence Kinnard, to cut the deficit to 36-31 after 20
minutes of play.

UAB trailed by just five points at intermission despite shooting 32 percent
from the field in the opening frame.

Game Notes

UAB shot 5-for-20 from long distance…Memphis had 21 second-chance
points…The Blazers’ bench outscored the Tigers’ reserves by a 23-1
margin…Memphis’ Shawne Williams had 10 points and 12 rebounds…Nineteen
Tigers turnovers on the night led to 17 UAB points.