Carney leads Memphis past Oral Roberts
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney scored 19 points as five players
scored in double figures for Memphis, who cruised past Oral Roberts, 94-78, in
a first-round NCAA Tournament game in the Oakland Bracket at American Airlines
Darius Washington Jr. and Shawne Williams totaled 14 points and Andre Allen
added 11 points for the top-seeded Tigers (31-3), who got 32 points from
their bench and will advance to Sunday’s second round where they will meet
“I really like the balance we had today,” said Memphis head coach John
Calipari. “We played nine guys for a lot of minutes and they all performed.
There is a star born in every one of these games and today it was Andre
Caleb Green scored 19 points, while Larry Owens added 13 points and Ken Tutt
and Jonathan Bluitt both chipped in 11 points for the 16th-seeded Golden
Eagles (21-12), who entered the tournament on a five game win streak and as
champions of the Mid-Continent Conference.
“For them to shoot as well as they did and play as well as they did we
couldn’t beat them,” said Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton. “We needed to
play great and I thought we played well. We needed them to have an off night
and they didn’t.”
The Tigers started the game with a 15-6 lead as Washington Jr. scored five
points and assisted on two other buckets, but the Golden Eagles would go on a
9-2 run midway through the first half, highlighted by a pair of Chris Riouse
three-pointers that briefly put them ahead, 27-26.
Oral Roberts led by as many as four, as Owens converted a layup with 5:31 to
go in the half to give his team a 33-29, edge, however Memphis took control of
the game when they went on a 22-6 spurt to end the half and take a 51-39 lead
into the locker room. Allen scored all 11 of his points in the during the
first half run.
Memphis maintained a cushion throughout the second half, as the Golden Eagles
could only get to within eight points. The Tigers gradually increased their
lead with a couple of short spurts as Washington Jr. hit a pair of free-throws
and Carney followed with a jumper and a free-throw to extend the Tigers lead
from nine points to 14 points, 73-59. The Golden Eagles could not get within
single digits the rest of the way.
Both teams shot the ball well from the floor as the Tigers hit 60.7 percent of
their shots, while the Golden Eagles connected on 52.8 percent…Memphis
outrebounded Oral Roberts 33-24…The Tigers dominated inside as they
outscored the Golden Eagles 46-28 in the paint.