Middle Tennessee 50

(7-5, 3-4 away)

(4) Memphis 83

(12-2, 8-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

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    MTU 26 2450
    #4MEM 40 4383

    Top Performers

    Middle Tennessee: T. Blue 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Memphis: J. Dorsey 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Stl, 6 Blk

    Carney, Dorsey lead No. 4 Memphis in blowout win

    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 tremendous."

    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."

    Rodney Carney led Memphis with 19 points, while Antonio Anderson had 13 and Robert Dozier 12.

    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 tempo."

    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 Longhorns successful.

    "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 half.

    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."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 50 83
    FG Made-Attempted 16-50 (.320) 30-60 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-16 (.188) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-20 (.750) 17-23 (.739)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 38

    2005-06 Season

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