WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Darius Washington scored 15 of his
17 points in the second half on Friday night to lead Memphis to a
62-51 win over Purdue, which is off to its worst start in nearly
The Tigers (5-2) trailed at halftime, but used a 21-6 run over a
seven-minute span of the second half to hand the Boilermakers their
third straight loss.
Matt Kiefer scored 17 points for Purdue, which has opened the
season 1-4 for the first time since 1907-08.
Memphis shot just 29 percent in the first half, but made 10 of
its first 14 shots to open the second half and take control.
The Tigers were active on the defensive end, forcing 17 Purdue
turnovers. Nine of those came in the second half, when it seemed
like Washington and company came up with steals nearly every time a
Boilermaker put the ball on the floor.
Down 36-32, Memphis forced turnovers on three straight
possessions -- two that led to fastbreak layups -- to start its
Purdue coach Gene Keady, in his 25th and final season on the
sidelines, threw his arms up in disbelief on several occasions.
David Teague was one of the few bright spots for the
Boilermakers, but like the rest of Purdue, he faded in the second
half. He missed the first two games of the season after breaking
his shooting hand in practice. In his first two games back, he was
just 3-for-25 from the field, including 1-for-14 in a loss to
Cincinnati last weekend.
Teague missed his first two shots of the game against Memphis,
but found the range after that. He was 5-for-10 in the first half,
scoring 13 points to carry Purdue to a 27-24 lead.
But the Tigers put the clamps on him in the second half, holding
him to two points on 1 of 9 shooting. The Boilermakers shot 23
percent in the second half.
When Teague disappeared, so did Purdue's chances of winning.
Washington knocked down a 3-pointer, converted two fastbreak
layups off Memphis steals and added another layup off a whirling
drive to the basket in a three-minute span to give the Tigers a
57-46 lead with 3:30 to play.
It was Memphis' first win against a quality opponent this
The Tigers started the season with three easy wins over Savannah
State, George Mason and St. Mary's, but struggled once the
The Tigers lost to Syracuse and Maryland by a combined 38 points
before Friday's win at Purdue.
Carl Landry had eight points and nine rebounds for Purdue.
Rodney Carney, an Indianapolis native who entered the game as
the Tigers' leading scorer with 21.3 points a game, got into foul
trouble early and finished with nine points.
Sean Banks added 12 points and Joey Dorsey had 10 rebounds for