No. 11 Memphis takes down Tulsa
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Joey Dorsey posted 13 points, 11 rebounds and
three blocked shots, as the 11th-ranked Memphis Tigers downed the Tulsa Golden
Robert Dozier posted 12 points and eight rebounds and Jeremy Hunt had 11
points for Memphis (16-3, 6-0 Conference USA), which has won its last eight
outings. Every triumph during the current streak has come by double figures,
including a 61-44 romp over East Carolina on Saturday, and all 11 home games
have resulted in victory thus far for the Tigers.
“It’s a good win for us,” Memphis coach John Calipari said. “We’re still
trying to get guys to understand to play harder than the guys we’re playing
Ray Reese scored 17 points for Tulsa (12-6, 2-3), which is a stellar 12-1 on
its home floor this season, but has lost all four of its true road games to
date. Ben Uzoh posted 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Hurricane, who
have also lost three straight overall, including a heart-breaking 69-67
setback to Houston in a home game on Saturday.
Jamel McLean’s jumper with 2:34 remaining brought Tulsa within 10, 66-56, but
the Tigers rattled off the next six points, as Mark Hill’s trey with 1:02 was
too late to spark a Hurricane rally.
With the game close throughout the opening minutes, Memphis blew it open on a
12-0 run capped by a pair of Dozier free throws with 7:33 remaining for a
31-17 Tigers lead. Tulsa kept it close, outscoring the Tigers 13-7 the rest of
the way for a 38-30 Memphis halftime lead.
The game sustained a slow tempo, with only six total points scored off the
fast break (Memphis 4, Tulsa 2).
Memphis shot 25-for-63 (40 percent) from the field, compared to 21-for-62 (34
percent) by Tulsa, which did manage to win the rebounding battle 46-41.
“We won the war on the boards, and I’m proud of that,” Tulsa coach Doug Wojeik
said. “We really hustled.”
Memphis continued to play without leading scorer Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is
recovering from a high ankle sprain…Tulsa owns a 12-11 edge in the all-
time series with Memphis, but the Tigers recorded a 78-67 win in the most
recent meeting last season.