Louisiana Tech 58

(6-5, 2-4 away)

(4) Memphis 76

(9-1, 5-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 20, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

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    LT 30 2858
    #4MEM 40 3676

    Top Performers

    Louisiana Tech: P. Millsap 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Memphis: R. Carney 37 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Carney scores career-high 37 in Memphis win

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis senior forward Rodney Carney scored a career-high 37 points, and Tigers coach John Calipari wanted to rave about his defense.

    Carney also had 10 rebounds Tuesday night to lead No. 4 Memphis to a 76-58 victory over Louisiana Tech.

    "Rodney scored a bunch of points, but let me tell you what Rodney did -- he defended," Calipari said. "Late in the game, he did not get beat on the dribble one time."

    Carney was 14-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, as the Tigers (9-1) won their sixth straight since losing to No. 1 Duke in the finals of the Preseason NIT.

    Memphis led by as many as 22 points in the second half, and was up at least 10 points over the final 12 minutes.

    Freshman forward Shawne Williams added 17 points for the Tigers, who shot 40 percent and committed 18 turnovers.

    Paul Millsap led Louisiana Tech (6-5) with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Millsap, the Bulldogs' leading scorer, was 10-of-19 from the field. Millsap was able to get a lot of points as the Louisiana Tech guards drove the lane and dished to him underneath. Daevon Haskins was the main contributor with nine assists.

    "At halftime, Paul Millsap got off because they beat us on the dribble, and we had to help," Calipari said. "It was Shelden Williams (of Duke) all over again. Drop it to him, and he dunks balls."

    But there was little scoring support for Millsap as no other Louisiana Tech player scored more than eight points.

    Carney, who came into the game second on the team with a 15.3 points per game average, had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the first half as Memphis took a 40-30 lead.

    The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead as Memphis didn't make a field goal until almost 5 minutes into the game. But the Tigers went on an 18-2 run with Carney scoring 11 in the streak.

    "Defensively, I started off with a couple of steals and a couple of lockdowns and I went from there," Carney said. "... I just took what they gave me. I had open 3s when (defenders) kind of broke down. I hit open drives and open dunks. That's what they gave me."

    Meanwhile, Millsap was held scoreless, missing his first three shots, and not scoring his first basket until 8:18 remained in the half. But the junior forward made up for the late start, scoring 13 of the Bulldogs' next 15 points and keeping Louisiana Tech within 10.

    "We got 10 minutes into the game before he decided that he better start playing at that energy level," Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard said of Millsap. "He's got to learn that he's got to bring it every night. I was disappointed in him that first 10 or 12 minutes. I thought they were really taking it to him. Hopefully, it is a learning experience. He got going after that, but it wasn't enough."

    Besides shooting 39 percent in the half, Louisiana Tech was hindered by 14 turnovers. The Bulldogs had 27 turnovers for the game.

    "There were two things we needed to do well coming into this game," Richard said. "Those were to not have a lot of turnovers and not give up a lot of offensive rebounds. And we give up 27 turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds. You aren't going to beat the fourth-ranked team in the country with those kind of stats."

    Millsap continued to carry the Bulldogs early in the second half, pulling Louisiana Tech within 40-34 with the first two baskets of the half.

    But Memphis would rebuild the lead to double digits, and when Joey Dorsey scored inside, the Tigers were ahead 52-41, and Louisiana Tech never got closer the rest of the way.

    "We need to play at that energy level. It's something to watch," Richard said of the Tigers. "Besides their talent, they shoot the ball a little better this year than they did last year. They've got more guys. They've got more depth. They've got all that. But (Calipari's) got them playing at a high energy level right now."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 76
    FG Made-Attempted 21-55 (.382) 29-72 (.403)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-20 (.200) 8-25 (.320)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-15 (.800) 10-17 (.588)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 22

    2005-06 Season

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