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Memphis sends Cincy to back-to-back losses

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Antonio Anderson and the rest of Memphis'
freshman-laden lineup didn't know much about the Shoemaker Center's
history until they practiced there on Saturday morning.

Coach John Calipari told them that Cincinnati would come out
determined not to let history happen in its arena. Enlightened by
the lesson, Anderson made it happen anyway.

The freshman guard emerged from his shooting slump by scoring 32
points, and No. 9 Memphis beat the Bearcats 91-81 on Saturday for a
place in their basketball history.

Cincinnati had never lost back-to-back games in the 17-year
history of its arena before Dayton and Memphis (6-1) beat them in a
five-day span.

"That was our motivation coming in," Anderson said. "That's
why I made the shots I did."

Anderson, who had made only 10 baskets all season and was
shooting 34.5 percent from the field, went 11-of-15 in a breakout
game. Shawne Williams added 19 points in a balanced fast-break
attack -- four Tigers finished in double figures.

"After I hit the first two, I knew tonight was going to be my
night," said Anderson, who hadn't scored more than eight points in
any game. "I got hot and kept it going. I didn't think they'd
leave me open in the second half, but they did and I kept on
knocking them down."

And, for the first time, the Bearcats (3-2) went down twice in a
row at home. They never did that during the last 16 years under
coach Bob Huggins, who was ousted last August by school president
Nancy Zimpher.

The crowd chanted "Fire Nancy!" in the closing seconds
Saturday. There have been at least 3,000 empty seats for each home
game in an arena that was full more often than not during Huggins'
tenure.

"Nobody likes being the first of anything negative," said
power forward Eric Hicks, who had 15 points and 14 rebounds. "The
only thing we can do is keep on playing."

Calipari was booed during pregame introductions by another
less-than-capacity crowd of 9,440. During the week, Calipari
criticized Bearcats fans for deserting the program after Huggins'
ouster.

Interim coach Andy Kennedy apologized to fans after the loss to
Dayton, and refused to take any solace from playing a ranked team
close.

"This is University of Cincinnati men's basketball," Kennedy
said. "Not for one second will we take one step of moral victory
out of this. Are you kidding me? We're not going there under my
watch."

James White and Jihad Muhammad led Cincinnati with 17 points
apiece, but the Bearcats couldn't overcome a season-high 20
turnovers and 37.9 percent shooting.

The Tigers' roster is very young and very deep, two traits on
display throughout the game. Deep in foul trouble, the Tigers wound
up with four freshmen on the floor late in the second half.

No matter. They topped 90 points for the fifth time in seven
games.

"I think no team in the country can do what we just did out
there," Anderson said. "We showed the city of Memphis and the
nation what we're capable of."

Memphis tried to force things on offense in the opening minutes,
hurrying shots and taking a lot of bad ones. The Tigers opened in a
4-for-13 shooting slump that got the crowd revved.

Determined to give a better showing after Dayton shoved them
around, the Bearcats came out with more intensity. Muhammad's
3-pointer put them up 16-10, their biggest lead of the game.

That's when Memphis' depth started coming into play.

Darius Washington's 3-pointer started a 17-2 run that put the
Tigers in their comfort zone. Five players scored during the run,
which ended with a pair of 3's by Anderson that made it 30-18.
Memphis held the Bearcats to one basket over the 6-minute,
32-second span.

Anderson scored 14 points in the first half, when Memphis led by
as many as 13.

Cincinnati decided to run with Memphis at the start of the
second half and got the better of the breakneck pace, putting
together a 17-3 spurt that recharged the crowd. Muhammad hit a
3-pointer, a floating jumper and a pull-up jumper off an inbound
pass that finished the run and put Cincinnati ahead 60-59.

Two of Memphis' inside threats -- Joey Dorsey and Kareem Cooper --
picked up their fourth fouls during Cincinnati's run. Calipari drew
a technical foul for disputing Cooper's fifth -- a charge with
Memphis up 72-70 -- and Dorsey fouled out 71 seconds later.

That's when Williams took control, hitting three consecutive
baskets that helped Memphis pull ahead to stay 78-73.