No. 13 Memphis Routs UMass
Nov. 18, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Antonio Anderson had 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and No. 13 Memphis shook off a poor shooting performance to beat Massachusetts 80-58 on Monday night.
Freshman Tyreke Evans had 19 points and Robert Dozier added 18 for the Tigers, who were limited to 39 percent shooting for the game, including 2-of-19 outside the arc. It marked the second straight game where Evans, one of last season's prized recruits, has led the Tigers (2-0) in scoring. Evans keyed a first-half rally that put the Tigers up for good.
Ricky Harris led the Minutemen (1-2) with 17 points, while Tony Gaffney scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds.
John Calipari became the winningest coach in Memphis history with 221 victories, surpassing Larry Finch, who led the program from 1986-1997.
The game was a meeting of mentor and pupil. Derek Kellogg, in his first year as coach at Massachusetts, played for Calipari from 1991-95 during Calipari's tenure as coach of the Minutemen. Kellogg was an assistant under Calipari for eight years at Memphis before moving to his alma mater.
Memphis built the lead to double digits in the first half and extended it to as many as 27 in the second half.
UMass was without 7-foot-1 senior center Luke Bonner, who injured his left knee in an 80-73 loss at Southern Illinois last week. In the second half Monday, the Minutemen lost 6-7 reserve forward Matt Hill to a left leg injury. But Gaffney's effort allowed UMass to outrebound the Tigers 49-48.
While Memphis struggled from the field, UMass was even worse, shooting 30 percent. Add 24 turnovers, and the Minutemen were unable to stay in the game in the second half.
The Tigers led 33-25 after a first half that saw poor shot selection, sloppy ballhandling and plenty of misfires from both teams.
Harris was 3-of-5 outside the arc to lead UMass with 12 points in the first half.
Dozier had 12 points for Memphis, and Evans had 11, seven coming as part of an 11-0 run that erased an early UMass lead and put Memphis up by double digits.
Dozier got inside for a handful of baskets to keep the Tigers in the game early, but turnovers, shots that barely caught rim and difficult unsuccessful layup attempts led to anemic shooting percentages.
UMass shot 28 percent for the half, while Memphis connected on 33 percent, but missed 11 of 12 shots beyond the arc.
Memphis rebuilt the lead to double digits when Shawn Taggart, who had seven points and 11 rebounds, converted a three-point play with 15:37 left in the game, and Massachusetts never got the deficit under 10 the rest of the way.