Mack's career game helps Tigers set home win streak record

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis is running away from its opponents, and doing it with different players.

Doneal Mack made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points, leading No. 2 Memphis past Pepperdine 90-53 on Saturday for its school-record 40th straight home win.

For the second consecutive game, the Tigers were led by a reserve. Backup guard Jeff Robinson had 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday in a 102-58 victory over Siena.

"It shows how deep we can go on our bench," Mack said. "We've just got to stay consistent."

Mack's seven 3-pointers tied a team record held by six others. Five players scored in double figures for Memphis (13-0), which hasn't dropped a home game since losing 69-58 to Texas on Jan. 2, 2006.

Chris Douglas-Roberts added 14 points, and Antonio Anderson and Willie Kemp finished with 12 each. Robert Dozier had 11.

All of Anderson's points came in the first half. He played only six minutes after the break, giving Mack more time on the floor.

"When [Mack] tarted making shots, did you know everybody on the floor tried to get him the ball?" Memphis coach John Calipari said. "Did you see the bench? The last game they did it for Jeff Robinson. They want each other to play well. [Anderson] said: 'Leave Doneal in. Don't put me back in. Let him play.' "

Tyrone Shelley had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Waves (5-10). Malcolm Thomas, Pepperdine's second-leading scorer at 15 points per game, was limited to 10.

Memphis used a stifling defense during the middle of the game, holding the Waves to 15 points over 15 minutes spanning the halves.

The Tigers were up by 23 and extended the lead to 38, sending the Waves to their sixth loss in seven games. For Pepperdine, like other teams, it was a matter of trying to stop the Tigers' inside game and penetration or guard their shooters on the perimeter.

"We tried to half-challenge them [on 3-pointers], but our big thing was trying to stay in front and get in the gaps," Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg said. "When they get on a roll, they know it. They knock those shots down and they're going to be national champs."

Memphis shot 50 percent from the field for the game, including 15-of-34 from 3-point range, while holding the Waves to 32 percent. Mack made 7-of-13 from behind the arc. His previous career high for successful 3-pointers was five on two occasions.

"You just feel like everything that releases your hand is going in," Mack said. "It doesn't matter who is around you or nothing. You're out there having fun, and all your teammates are looking for you."

Pepperdine shot 19 percent from outside the arc, missing all six of its long-range shots in the second half.

"They're as good as they come," Walberg said about Memphis. "They just wear you down. In the first half, at least we did a good job on the boards. We had a hard time handling the ball. When they get 38 points off of 21 turnovers, you're shooting yourself in the foot too many times.

"In the second half, they just destroyed us on the offensive boards."

Memphis, which struggled in the early going, had 12 points from Anderson to build a 44-31 lead at the break. The Tigers closed the half outscoring the Waves 19-5.

Memphis had nine blocks in the first half, including three by Shawn Taggart, to limit Pepperdine to 30 percent shooting.

The Waves stayed close through the first 13 minutes thanks to rebounding and miscues by the Memphis offense. The Waves had 12 offensive rebounds during that stretch and caused eight Tigers turnovers. Rico Tucker had three steals for Pepperdine in the first half.

Pepperdine trailed 25-24 with 6:50 left in the half before Memphis pulled away on long-range shooting.

The Tigers started a 16-1 run with eight unanswered points. The spurt included four 3-pointers and ended with five points by Kemp.

In the second half, Memphis continued to build the lead, and down the stretch Mack connected on four consecutive 3-pointers in a 2-minute span.

"We know we're going to get on a roll. We just don't know when it is," Anderson said. "Once we get out running, we just keep going from there.

"Teams aren't as deep, and when we continue to run and run and run, they'll wear out after a while."