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
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
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