Dozier leads No. 14 Memphis over Marshall
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Robert Dozier scored 16 points on 5-of-6
shooting, as the 14th-ranked Memphis Tigers pounded the Marshall Thundering
Herd, 78-59, in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 14 points for the Tigers (6-1), who have posted
four consecutive victories since their only loss, a seven-point setback to a
strong Georgia Tech squad.
Jeremy Hunt scored nine points and Joey Dorsey added seven points and 13
rebounds in the win.
“I’m not real happy that we missed our last five or six shots, and they made
their last five or six shots,” Memphis coach John Calipari said. “But, we made
our free throws, and we defended well. Against the zone, we did good stuff. We
got the ball wherever we wanted to, and we were able to drive the ball.
Defensively, we played some zone, and we played some trap down the side and
did some different stuff. It was a pretty good effort.”
Tre Whitted scored 14 points for the Herd (2-6), who were most recently in
action on Saturday when they suffered a heart-breaking 84-78 overtime loss to
Mark Dorris scored eight points and Chris Ross and Robbie Jackson both added
seven in defeat.
“A good zone is a good defense, and it is tough stopping Memphis zone or man-
to-man,” Marshall coach Ron Jirsa said. “We have played pretty good
basketball, but not well enough to win the close games. We wanted to try to
play a little better tonight, and I thought, in spurts, we played a little
better against a very good team.”
Memphis closed the first half on an 8-0 run sparked by a Hunt three-pointer
with 1:28 left, and led 39-22 at halftime.
The Tigers took off on a 13-0 burst midway through the second half capped by a
Dozier dunk with 10:16 remaining to take a commanding 59-34 lead.
Marshall made a run down the stretch, finishing the game on a 15-1 spurt
ignited by a Ross layup with 3:03 left, but it was to little too late.
Memphis holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series with Marshall, including a
91-81 triumph over the Herd last season.