No. 4 Memphis 88, Tennessee 79
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shawne Williams had 21 points and 14
rebounds, while Rodney Carney added 22 points Wednesday night as
No. 4 Memphis held off Tennessee 88-79.
Carney was 8-of 17 from the field, while Williams was 8-of-16 as
Memphis did not take a double-digit lead until the final 4:04.
Darius Washington added 17 points and five assists, while Chris
Douglas-Roberts finished with 11 points for Tigers (16-2), who won
their fifth straight. Wiliams had four blocks.
Dane Bradshaw led the Volunteers (11-3) with 21 points, 10
rebounds and five steals and was 9-of-13 from the field. Chris
Lofton finished with 16 points for the Vols, while C.J. Watson
scored 14 on 2-of-10 shooting. Major Wingate and Stanley Asumnu
each scored 11.
The cross-state rivalry was filled with intensity from the
opening tap. There was trash-talking, stiff defense, flying elbows
and a frenzied back-and-forth pace. Both coaches - John Calipari of
Memphis and Bruce Pearl of Tennessee - were pleading their case to
officials throughout, adding to the atmosphere. The crowd, mostly
in Memphis blue with a sprinkle of UT orange, was on its feet most
of the game.
Through it all, Tennessee stayed within striking distance,
somewhat because Memphis failed to finish inside several times.
With 6:45 left, it was tied at 69, but Memphis went on a 10-0
run over the next 2:30.
Williams had seven points in the stretch that gave the Tigers
their biggest lead of the game, 79-69, when he scored inside and
converted the ensuing foul shot.
The Vols cut it to 80-74 on four straight points by Bradshaw,
but could get no closer, losing their second straight.
Tennessee scored the final six points of the half to take a
There were five ties and 12 lead changes in the game.