Memphis cruises past Tulane
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney scored 18 points to lead No. 5
Memphis to an easy 75-56 win over Tulane in the quarterfinal round of the
Conference USA Tournament from the FedExForum.
Darius Washington added 15 for the top-seeded Tigers (28-3), who won their
second straight game and will face the winner of the UCF-Houston tilt in the
tourney semifinals on Friday. Shawne Williams chipped in with 13 points in the
Chris Moore recorded a game-high 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds for
the eighth-seeded Green Wave (12-17), who held off ninth-seeded Marshall in
the opening round on Wednesday. Quincy Davis added 19 points and eight boards
while Donnie Stith donated 10 points in the loss.
Memphis dominated from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points of the
game. Carney’s triple then made it 23-6 less than eight minutes into the
Washington’s trey about four minutes later gave the Tigers their first 20-
point cushion, 32-12.
Another three from Washington, with 13 ticks left in the opening frame,
extended the advantage to 30 and Memphis closed the half with a garish 47-19
advantage. Carney paced the Tigers with 13 in the half while Davis had eight
to lead the Green Wave.
The final frame was just more of the same until the Memphis called off the
dogs. Williams’ triple gave Memphis a 37-point cushion, 65-28, and its
largest lead of the night with just under 14 minutes remaining.
At that point, Tulane finally flashed some pride and scored the next 18 points
of the affair. Moore started things with a three and Davis finished the flurry
with a tip-in.
But, even with the impressive burst, the Green Wave found themselves staring
at a 22-point deficit with under eight minutes to play and Memphis cruised
towards the finish line.
Memphis leads the all-time series, 34-9, and the Tigers have won their last 11
meetings against Tulane…Memphis now owns a 8-10 all-time record in the
Conference USA tourney while Tulane is 4-11.