No. 3 Tigers roar past UCF
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney poured in 26 points and Shawne
Williams contributed 16, as No. 3 Memphis rolled to a 94-61 rout of Central
Florida in Conference USA action at FedEx Forum.
Carney drained 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and the perimeter-oriented Tigers
made 10-of-21 from long distance. Memphis (19-2, 5-0 C-USA) won its eighth
straight contest since a 69-58 loss to Texas on January 2. The Tigers only
other loss came in the NIT Season Tip-Off to Duke at Madison Square Garden.
Waki Williams added 15 points and Antonio Anderson tallied 14, as the Tigers
shot 51 percent from the floor and made 26-of-34 from the charity stripe.
Dave Noel and Mike O’Donnell scored 10 points apiece for UCF (9-9, 3-2), which
had relied on its defense during a modest two-game winning streak. The Golden
Knights had held their opponents to fewer than 60 points in three of their
last four contests before Memphis exploded for 94 on Saturday.
UCF stayed right with the third-ranked team in the nation for the opening 10
minutes, but the Tigers’ speed and athleticism dictated the tempo for the
remainder of the half. Memphis outscored UCF 21-8 in the final 10:44 to take a
42-30 lead at the half.
Anderson scored five straight points and Carney drained two treys during the
extended scoring streak, with the electrifying Carney’s second three pushing
the Tigers’ advantage out to 42-30 with 53 ticks left in the half.
Memphis used an 18-6 spurt during the opening stages of the second half to
take a comfortable advantage. Anderson tallied five straight points in the
middle of the run and Waki Williams’ two free throws opened a 67-42 lead with
Not even two minutes later, the Tigers put together a 9-2 burst to take a
commanding 76-47 lead. Carney started the stretch with a free throw and his
trey turned the conference contest into a rout with 7:33 to play.
Memphis cruised the rest of the way.
UCF committed 21 turnovers, which Memphis turned in to 33 points…The Tigers
received 43 points from their bench…Memphis held a 38-30 edge on the
glass…The Tigers have won all four lifetime meetings with the Golden
Knights…Darius Washington scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting after
exploding for 26 points in Memphis’ victory over UAB on Thursday.