Jackson State 70

(1-4, 1-3 away)

(9) Memphis 97

(5-1, 4-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 30, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

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    JKST 25 4570
    #9MEM 45 5297

    Top Performers

    Jackson State: T. Johnson 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Memphis: R. Carney 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Carney scores 25, Memphis rolls past Jackson State

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-- Memphis coach John Calipari is constantly yelling "speed, speed, speed" to his team from the bench.

    The ninth-ranked Tigers followed his orders and used a fast pace to beat Jackson State 97-70 Wednesday night.

    "It's a big part of our game," forward Rodney Carney said. "If we didn't have any speed, we wouldn't win that many games. We try to press them and try to get them to play fast. That's the way we play. If we don't play real fast, I don't think we have much of a chance to win."

    Carney scored 25 points and matched his career-high with six 3-pointers. Shawne Williams added 17 points for Memphis (5-1), which won its second straight after losing 70-67 to top-ranked Duke in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.

    Kareem Cooper finished with 11 points. Darius Washington and Joey Dorsey scored 10 points each, and Dorsey grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis.

    Clinton Johnson led Jackson State (1-4) with 24 points, and Catraiva Givens scored 14, but Jackson State shot only 33 percent from the field.

    "I thought our guys were a little bit timid at the beginning of the game," Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said. "Instead of going up and finishing and looking for a three-point play, we were trying to sneak in there and get baskets. You can't do that. You have to go in there with some authority."

    Jackson State (1-4) was never in the game after going scoreless for seven minutes early in the game. Memphis was able to gain a big advantage through its transition game, wearing down Jackson State, leading to turnovers and poor shooting. Memphis also had 15 blocks, tying a school record and intimidating Jackson State's inside shooters. By the end of the game, most of the Jackson State players were settling for outside shots.

    Williams had four blocks, while Robert Dozier had five to go with a team-high 12 rebounds as Memphis controlled the boards 48-35.

    "We're not a team to walk the ball up the court all the time," Williams said. "The quicker we get it out and run the court, the better shots we get and the more easy plays we get."

    Memphis dominated from the start, building a 27-point lead in the first half, before settling in at the break with a 45-25 advantage. The Tigers controlled the inside and shot 49 percent in the half, including 7-of-16 from 3-point range. They would finish 14-of-30 from long range for the game.

    "They surprised us with the number of 3-pointers they made," Anderson said. "We thought we could play a zone and maybe they would miss some of them. A lot of them were kind of uncontested."

    Meanwhile, a swarming Memphis defense held Jackson State to 23 percent shooting in the half. Jackson State seemed out of sync the entire game, barely getting off shots as Memphis recorded six blocks in the first half.

    Despite the 27-point victory, Calipari noted a flaw in his team's performance. He said while they controlled the game, they allowed Jackson State to score more easily after halftime.

    "The teams that really, truly want to do something unique and special, they dominate," Calipari said. "We come out and kind of bum-rush you, and then we just settle down and play. That's not how you do anything. A team that dominates, dominates."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 97
    FG Made-Attempted 24-72 (.333) 32-65 (.492)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-23 (.478) 14-30 (.467)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-14 (.786) 19-26 (.731)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 36

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