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Carney Slams Tulsa as Tigers win 20th

No. 3 Memphis 84, Tulsa 61

By JEFF LATZKE

AP Sports Writer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Memphis coach John Calipari thinks Rodney

Carney should be mentioned right with Duke's J.J. Redick and

Gonzaga's Adam Morrison as the best players in college basketball.

For a two-minute stretch Wednesday night against Tulsa, the

Tigers' top scorer showed off an entirely different skill set than

the two player of the year candidates.

Carney, a 6-foot-7 senior, scored 12 of his 19 points during an

impressive first-half run and Darius Washington Jr. added 22 points

as third-ranked Memphis streaked to an 84-61 win.

"I know J.J. Redick is good and I know Morrison is good, but

you've got to have him in the same breath," Calipari said.

"Neither one of those two are athletic like him. He shoots the

ball the same as they do. His numbers are the same for his

career."

Carney scored 12 straight Memphis points - including three dunks

- during a 19-2 run that put the Tigers (20-2, 6-0 Conference USA)

on their way to their ninth straight win.

Memphis extended its lead with a 9-0 run early in the second

half that included a Carney three-point play. Shawne Williams hit

two free throws to give the Tigers a 60-41 lead, and Tulsa (7-12,

2-4) never threatened again.

Washington sparked the first-half run with a fast-break layup to

give Memphis a 19-18 lead and Andre Allen followed with a layup of

his own off a back cut.

Then Carney took over. He scored in the lane and hit a 3-pointer

from the left wing before setting off on a one-man slam dunk

contest.

Allen set up two of the dunks by stealing inbounds passes and

lobbing the ball. Carney took the first one out of mid-air and

slammed it down with twoever to play in the

seven-year-old Reynolds Center, Tulsa responded to an early

seven-point deficit with a 14-2 run capped when McDade stole the

ball and set up Darold Crow for a fast-break layup giving the

Golden Hurricane a 16-11 edge.

But Memphis pushed back ahead by holding the Golden Hurricane

without a field goal for more than 6 minutes while Carney took to

the air.

Calipari admitted that Carney is not as good as Redick and

Morrison with the ball, but noted that Carney excels when he's

playing aggressive defense and pointed out that he shut out Redick

in the second half of Duke's 70-67 win against Memphis on Nov. 25.

"At the end of the day, let's see where he gets picked in the

draft. Let's see where he gets picked," Calipari said. "I think

he'll be picked very high ... He sells a lot of tennis shoes and

he'll sell a lot of tickets."

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