Tigers Roll Past Austin Peay/Arizona Next

Showtime on Beale Street has a little different meaning for the Memphis Tigers tonight against Austin Peay.

Take you downtown to FedExForum where the 19th ranked Tigers are out to protect their National Ranking...

But, to do so they'll have to dominate a team they're favored by more than 23-points to beat..

Sounds simple, but the U of M has rarely covered a game this season, something the pollsters will take into account if Memphis is to stay in the Top 25...

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a career-high

28 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead No. 19 Memphis to an 88-63

victory over Austin Peay on Thursday night.

Douglas-Roberts, a sophomore guard, also was 8-of-10 from the

line and had five assists for Memphis (8-2). The Tigers shot 62

percent from the field.

Doneal Mack, Jeremy Hunt and Kareem Cooper added 11 points each,

and Joey Dorsey finished with 11 rebounds. Cooper hit all five of

his shots.

Derek Wright led Austin Peay (3-5) with 18 points, and Fernandez

Lockett had 12.

Memphis scored the game's first 10 points and built a 22-2 lead.

Governors coach Dave Loos called three early timeouts to try to

reverse the Tigers' momentum. It didn't help, and Austin Peay never

threatened the rest of the way.

With its taller frontline clogging the middle and controlling

the boards, Memphis outrebounded Austin Peay 43-21 and outscored

the Governors in the paint 58-20. At times, the difference was so

evident, Memphis coach John Calipari had to coax his team to

continue playing with intensity.

Memphis caused turnovers off the press and controlled the middle

with three early blocks. That led to the Governors missing eight of

their first nine shots, while the Tigers scored 13 points off

Austin Peay's first seven turnovers.

The Governors shot 27 percent for the first half, including

1-of-10 from 3-point range, while Memphis connected on 63 percent.

The biggest problem for the Tigers was after building an early

lead, they got sloppy handling the basketball, committing eight

turnovers in the half.

The Tigers closed the half with the last six points to rebuild

the lead to 47-25.

Douglas-Roberts led Memphis in the first half with 17 points,

hitting seven of his eight first-half shots. Wright led the

Governors with six points in the half.

Memphis maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second

half, despite calling off the pressure defense and committing 10

turnovers in the first 9 minutes.

Final Score..88-63

The Tigers, now 8-and-2 on the season, next head West for their toughest test of the year, a road game at 10th Ranked Arizona next Wednesday night Dec. 20th.