MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis started a bit slow, then avoided a
letdown by kicking it into an extra gear.
The fourth-ranked Tigers, coming off an 83-72 victory over No. 8
Gonzaga and with No. 15 Texas looming on Monday, used 16 points, a
career high, and 13 rebounds from Joey Dorsey on Friday night to
beat Purdue 90-70.
"We're not looking past any game," said Memphis guard Chris
Douglas-Roberts, who scored 16 points. "We took Purdue seriously.
We take all our opponents seriously. That's how teams get upset
when they don't take another opponent seriously."
Dorsey was 6-of-10 from the field and seven of his rebounds were
on the offensive end. He had three blocked shots.
"I was happy for Joey," Memphis coach John Calipari said of
the 6-foot-9 sophomore. "One of the things we had talked about was
getting him more looks. He stepped up and we did that."
A 13-3 run gave the Tigers a 27-17 lead. Two dunks by Rodney
Carney highlighted the run.
The Boilermakers got within 27-24 when Matt Carroll connected on
a three-point play with 3:26 remaining in the half. But Memphis,
using its pressure defense to cause backcourt turnovers, closed the
half with an 18-2 run for a 45-26 lead.
Douglas-Roberts had 10 points in the half, going 4-of-5 from the
field. Purdue had 17 turnovers in the half and shot 35 percent.
"We were able to create turnovers and do that to create a
gap," Calipari said. "There will be other games that we won't be
able to do that."
Purdue coach Matt Painter has said that with two key scorers --
seniors Carl Landry and David Teague -- out for the season with knee
injuries, the Boilermakers will need to be more concerned with
defense, trying to hold opponents to the high 70s and low 80s. He
acknowledged that the Memphis press "made us hurry up a bit."
"Their press got to us," Kiefer said. "They do a good job of
taking away things and getting us going fast as compared to taking
our time in getting good shots the way we should. We don't have the
personnel to do that, and that showed tonight."
Memphis, which shot 51 percent for the game, extended the lead
to as many as 28 points in the second half. Even with a 12-2 run by
the Boilermakers when the Tigers got sloppy with about 8 minutes
left, Purdue never got closer than 16 points.
"I was happy with some of the spurts we had," Calipari said.
"I thought we did some good things defensively in the second half.
There was just that breakdown around the 6- or 7-minute mark where
we let them make some plays, and we stopped playing."
The Boilermakers shot 50 percent in the second half and had only
"We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball
and being strong with it," Painter said. "But I was pleased with
our effort, and we are improving."