Memphis holds off Rice to stay hot
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts put in 21 points to lead
the No. 3 ranked Memphis Tigers to a 84-79 victory over the Rice Owls at Autry
Rodney Carney added 13 points and Darius Washington Jr. added 12 points for
the Tigers (21-2, 7-0 C-USA), who have won their last 10 games.
Morris Almond poured in a game-high 30 points and J.R. Harrison added 20
points for the Owls (9-11, 3-4), who have lost two straight and three of their
last four games.
The first half was a tight run affair with neither team able to build much of
Memphis had a couple of four-point leads early in the first half, but Rice
didn’t let them pull away and even took the lead for a brief period after
Almond hit two free throws to put his squad up 31-30 with under six minutes
till the half.
However, Washington Jr. hit back-to-back three pointers down the stretch
and Joey Dorsey had a slam and a layup to help give the Tigers a 46-41 lead
going into the half.
Memphis started to open up the game a little more in the second half.
Douglas-Roberts put in a layup and then drained a three-pointer to give his
squad a 58-46 lead with 16:46 to play.
The Owls got back to within eight points and made it a 62-54 game after Jamaal
Moore hit one-of-two from the line with 11:58 to play.
However, Memphis put together a 10-3 run to give itself a little breathing
room and had a 72-57 lead after Carney slammed it home with 8:29 to play.
However, Rice didn’t quit and put together a 9-2 run to get back within eight
points when Almond hit one from the line to make it 74-66 with a little
over six minutes to play.
The score was 78-70 with under three minutes to play when Almond drained a
trey and Harrison nailed a jumper to get the Owls to within three points,
78-75, with 2:05 to play.
Shawne Williams hit two free throws to give Memphis the five-point advantage
back, but Morris came back down the court and nailed a jumper with 33 seconds
Washington Jr. put in two from the line to make it 82-77 with 25 seconds
left. But, Harrison missed a three-point attempt and Williams nailed two free
throws with 11 seconds left to ice the win for Memphis.
Memphis has won all three contests against Rice in the all-time
series…Memphis hit 43 percent of its shots and Rice connected on 44
percent…Dorsey finished with 11 points…Williams finished with 10
points…The Tigers are 8-0 on the road this season.