OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Rodney Carney scored 19 points to lead the fifth-ranked Memphis Tigers to a 72-49 win over Ole Miss today. The Tigers (8-1) never trailed, led by as many as 24 points and shot nearly 44 percent in winning their fifth straight game. Memphis coach John Calipari started three freshmen and two sophomores, but the Tigers received the bulk of their production from their sixth man, Carney, who showed off a variety of highlight-reel dunks.
Shawne Williams added 13 points for the Tigers, while Darius Washington had five points -- more than ten below his average. The Tigers turned this one into a rout with a dominating finish to the first half. Ole Miss pulled within one, 23-22, on a three-pointer by Todd Abernethy with just under six minutes left until halftime. Memphis countered with a Carney-keyed 16-4 run to push its lead into double figures for good. Clarence Sanders led the Rebels (6-3) with 13 points.
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