It was déjà vu for Tiger fans hungry for a blowout. For the second time in less than a week, Houston raced out to a sizable early lead only to see Memphis come from behind twice to earn a 68-54. The win puts the Tigers in the C-USA Championship game against UAB tomorrow.
Houston raced out to 10-nothing lead when Oliver Lafayette sank a 3. But the Tigers worked their way back...Rodney Carney with one of his 4 blocks in the game, started a beautiful fast break...4 wide...great passing and Carney finished it off in the lane. He had 17 points. Shawne Williams is starting to regain his early season form, dropping a 3, the Tigers go up 22-16. He leads them with 23 points. And then, just before half, Antonio Anderson finds a 3 ball of his own, Memphis up 4 at the half.
After intermission Houston did it again, rattling off 10 unanswered to take the lead 36-30. That's when big Joey Dorsey took over, 9 points and 9 rebounds in just 13 minutes swung the Tide back in Memphis' favor. The Tigers go on to beat Houston 68-54. Afterward John Calipari mused over the strange start.
"How about the start? There wasn't booing or anything...we were down 10-nothing and it just looked like absolutely what are you doing? What is wrong you guys? But if you watched TV today it happened to a lot of teams."
"Our team was too hyped or the adrenaline was flowing, but when we loosened up we kept driving," Williams explained.
Now it's a rematch with UAB for the Conference USA championship bright and early tomorrow morning at 10:30am.