Tigers Beat Vols in Basketball Showdown at FedExForum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jarvis Greer

Tigers Beat Vols in Basketball Showdown at FedExForum

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

45-41 lead.

There were five ties and 12 lead changes in the game.

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