MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis wanted to make sure it quickly
erased the memory of the loss to Texas.
The fourth-ranked Tigers hit six of their first eight shots and
went on to an 83-50 victory over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday
night, two days after struggling offensively in the loss to the
Longhorns (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today; No. 15 AP).
"To have that kind of energy after that Texas game and to have
one day in between shows that we bounce back quickly," Memphis
coach John Calipari said. "We did what we were supposed to do. All
I was concerned with was how we guarded, and I thought we were
Joey Dorsey scored 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting and had nine
rebounds and six blocks to lead the Tigers (12-2), whose other loss
was to No. 1 Duke in the Preseason NIT championship game.
Dorsey said he could not recall another time he was perfect from
the field, but credited the performance to extra pregame work with
Tiger coaches on a short hook shot.
"We have been working on my hooks, right- and left-handed,
trying to get me comfortable with the touch in my fingertips,"
Dorsey said. "It worked out well."
Marcus Morrison had 11 points for Middle Tennessee (7-5), which
shot 32 percent and had 25 turnovers. Fats Cuyler, the Blue
Raiders' leading scorer with a 14.2 average, missed all eight of
his shots from the field and was held to three points. Middle
Tennessee's starting five was a combined 9-of-31 from the field,
1-of-10 outside the arc.
Memphis held a double-digit lead for the last 9 minutes of the
half and was up 40-26 at halftime.
"Memphis' talent level is so high and they play hard," Middle
Tennessee coach Kermit Davis said. "... They are on a different
level talent-wise, and we could not guard anybody. They first five
minutes of the game really hurt us, and we did not understand the
The Tigers, who were held to 29 percent shooting by Texas, hit
50 percent of their shots in the half. Carney had 10 points to lead
Memphis, and said Middle Tennessee tried the defense that made the
"We saw the exact same zone," Carney said. "They tried a
sagging, switching zone. But we made shots today and that got them
out of the zone and into man."
The Blue Raiders' best offense was getting behind the Memphis
fullcourt press with a handful of breakout layups in the first
half. Otherwise, Middle Tennessee had a tough time with its
offense, shooting 30 percent and committing 11 turnovers. Cuyler
didn't record his first point until hitting a free throw with 3:50
left in the half. He scored all three of his points in the first
The early stages of the second half presented more of the same
as Carney scored on two breakaway dunks. He added a 3-pointer
before the first media timeout of the half, and Memphis extended
its lead to 54-35.
The dunks were part of a 23-2 run as Memphis held the Blue
Raiders to only one field goal over 10 minutes. That built the lead
to 34, and Memphis coasted home.
"Offensively, we were back to passing it to each other,"
Calipari said. "We were back to making easy plays. We didn't turn
it over as much. We did some good stuff."