Memphis guard Antonio Anderson goes to the basket as he is defended by David Gomez in the first half.
March 9, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tulane junior Donnie Stith scored a team-best 14 points but the Memphis duo of Chris Douglas-Roberts and Jeremy Hunt combined for 27 points and the Tiger defense forced 22 turnovers and held the Green Wave to a 29 percent shooting night en route to a 71-49 victory in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals at FedExForum.
Tulane (17-13) brought a four-game win streak into the contest and had won nine out of its last 12 games. TU was making its first conference semifinal appearance since 2000.
Chris Moore hit a 3-pointer with 10:03 to go that pulled fourth-seeded Tulane within 20-18, then the Green Wave went cold and hit only one shot from the floor the rest of the half. Stith scored in the final seconds after hitting a pair of free throws at 1:37.
The Tigers ramped up their defense with eight steals among the turnovers they turned into 21 points, which was reminiscent of their quarterfinal victory when they had outscored Marshall 26-0 off turnovers by halftime.
They finished off the half with a 21-4 run, and Douglas-Roberts scoring 11, including nine of the final 11.
Douglas-Roberts scored nine straight starting with a dunk off a high pass to the basket from Antonio Anderson that had the sophomore reaching way back over his head for the ball before slamming it through. Douglas-Roberts finished off his personal run with a 3 from the top of the key and a 39-20 lead.
Memphis kept pushing the lead in the second half despite missing its first four shots.
Memphis outscored Tulane 30-27 in the second half and the Green Wave never got any closer than 17 points.
Tulane concludes its most successful season in seven years and will lose three letterwinners, including just one starter, to graduation.