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Carrie Anderson

Tigers Beat Lamar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points and

seven rebounds, and No. 22 Memphis overcame a slow first half to

beat Lamar 87-62 Thursday night.

Douglas-Roberts, the Tigers' leading scorer, shot 9-of-16 from

the field and was one of five players to score in double figures

for Memphis.

The Tigers (10-3) built their lead to 22 midway through the

second half and coasted to their fourth win in the last five. The

Cardinals shot just 31 percent.

Robert Dozier scored 13 points and Kareem Cooper finished with

12 points and nine rebounds for Memphis. Jeremy Hunt also had 12

points and Joey Dorsey added 11.

James Davis, the Cardinals' bulky 7-foot-1 center and leading

scorer at 17.2 points a game, led Lamar (5-8) with 20 points.

Currye Todd added 13.

The game was a showdown between teacher and pupil. Lamar

first-year coach Steve Roccaforte was an assistant on the Memphis

staff under John Calipari from 2001-03.

Memphis led 38-28 at halftime after a sloppy first half.

Douglas-Roberts led the Tigers with 13 points. No Cardinals were in

double figures.

Lamar used a pressing defense to disrupt the Memphis offense

early. The scrambling Cardinals caused four early turnovers, and

the Tigers missed six of their first seven shots from the floor.

The inefficiency had Calipari up screaming at his team and

shuffling players, trying to find the right combination.

Eventually, Memphis began connecting from long range against

Lamar's zone, building a 12-point lead midway through the first

half.

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