Saturday , Mar , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis takes C-USA crown

=== Memphis takes C-USA crown ===

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Shawne Williams scored 18 points and Joey
Dorsey contributed 10 with 12 rebounds, as fifth-ranked Memphis captured the
Conference USA Tournament title with a 57-46 victory over 24th-ranked UAB at
the FedEx Forum.

The Tigers (30-3) became the first team to reach 30 wins this season and
likely locked up a top seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. It was also the
first Conference USA crown for Memphis, which lost a dramatic 75-74 decision
last year to Louisville when Darius Washington missed two of three free throws
with no time left on the clock.

Washington finished Saturday’s game with seven points and four assists.

Memphis, which reached the NIT Final Four last year, is headed back to the
NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 and won a conference tournament
crown for the first time since capturing the Metro title in 1987.

Paul Delaney scored 14 points to lead UAB (24-6), which was playing in the
tournament championship game for the first time since a loss to Louisville in
2003. The Blazers are still expected to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Marvett McDonald had a rough game for UAB. The club’s leading scorer made only
2-of-11 shots and finished with a mere six points, well below his 15.3

The Blazers shot a dismal 26.7 percent from the field and made only 3-of-18
three-point attempts.

Memphis scored the first seven points of the contest and UAB did not make its
first field goal until a layup by Wen Mukubu seven minutes into the contest.
Williams immediately followed with a three-pointer to give the Tigers a 12-5

The Blazers couldn’t stop the Memphis three-point attack, as three more shots
from beyond the arc helped the Tigers open a 12-point advantage at 23-11 with
just under eight minutes left in the half.

Memphis cruised into the break with a 32-22 lead behind 6-of-14 shooting from
three-point range.

McDonald failed to score for UAB in the opening 20 minutes, but drained a pair
of three-pointers early in the second half to help the Blazers pull within

The Tigers, though, responded with a 13-2 run to break it open. Washington and
Rodney Carney each scored five during the burst and a tip-in by Carney off a
missed three-pointer by Washington gave Memphis a comfortable 49-32 cushion
with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Blazers got only as close as the final margin.

Game Notes

Carney finished with eight points, but made only 3-of-14 shots…Memphis
finished 7-of-23 from three-point range for the contest…Mukubu scored six
points for UAB.