Memphis crushes UAB
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Sophomore forward Robert Dozier scored a team-
high 15 points and also grabbed eight rebounds as 17th-ranked Memphis ran over
UAB, 79-54, at FedEx Forum.
Jeremy Hunt contributed 14 points for Memphis (14-3, 4-0 C-USA), which has won
six in a row. Willie Kemp added 12 points and five rebounds, while Chris
Douglas-Roberts, the team’s leading scorer this season, played only two
minutes because of a sprained ankle and went to the locker room early on.
Wen Mukubu netted 18 points and had five rebounds for the Blazers (10-8, 2-2),
who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Lawrence Kinnard scored 13
points and also had five boards, while Paul Delaney III ended with 12 points
and dished out five assists.
UAB jumped out to an early 11-7 lead, paced by Delaney and Mukubu, who knocked
down a jumper at 15:50 for the four-point edge. The Tigers, however, easily
clawed their way back, grabbing their first lead of the contest, 19-17, on
Doneal Mack’s short jumper at 10:44.
The basket, preceded by Mack’s trey, ignited a 10-0 run by Memphis, which held
a 29-17 edge with 6:08 to play in the front half.
“It was ugly the first five minutes of the game,” said Memphis head coach John
Calipari. “After that it wasn’t ugly. I thoguht we played really well. (In the
beginning) I was was really disappointed. It wasn’t just CDR (Chris Douglas-
Roberts) being hurt. We just played like ‘I’m a cool dude.’ We can’t play that
way and win. We just said, ‘Then you’re not playing. We’ll just play somebody
The Blazers made just four more shots down the stretch, while the Tigers
continued to set the pace offensively. A jumper by Mack gave them a 16-point
cushion, while Antonio Anderson followed with a layup at 1:18. UAB responded
with a couple of quick baskets, but Joey Dorsey’s dunk with just three ticks
remaining propelled Memphis to a 42-26 halftime lead.
The Tigers were never threatened in the second half as they opened a 25-point
lead with 12:03 to play in the contest.
UAB shot 44 percent from the hardwood, while Memphis knocked down 49 percent
of its shots.
“We did not execute a play at all,” said UAB head coach Mike Davis. “Maybe one
or two throughout the game, but I don’t understand how we work on stuff at
full speed and just came out with a deer in headlights kind of look. Once
Memphis tied it up 17-17, it was their basketball (game) at that point.”
The contest marked the 33rd all-time meeting between the two schools on the
hardwood. The Tigers hold a 23-10 series lead, and have won eight straight
over UAB at home…Anderson had a career-high nine assists for Memphis…The
Tigers had 42 rebounds, while the Blazers finished with 22.