MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) - Doneal Mack scored a career-high 23 points, making seven 3-pointers, to lead No. 2 Memphis to a school-record 40th straight home win 90-53 over Pepperdine on Saturday. Five players scored in double figures for Memphis (13-0), which has not dropped a home game since losing 69-58 to Texas on Jan. 2, 2006. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 14 points, and Antonio Anderson and Willie Kemp finished with 12 each. Robert Dozier finished with 11. Tyrone Shelley had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Waves (5-10).
Memphis used a stifling defense during the middle of the game, holding the Waves to only 15 points over 15 minutes spanning the halves. The Tigers were up by 23 and extended the lead to 38, sending the Waves to their sixth loss in the last seven games. Memphis shot 50 percent from the field, including 15-of-34 from 3-point range, while holding the Waves 32 percent. Mack made 7-of-13 from behind the arc. Pepperdine would shoot 19 percent from outside the arc, missing all six of its long-range shots in the second half.
Memphis , which struggled in the early going, had 12 points from Anderson to build a 44-31 lead at the break. The Tigers closed the half outscoring the Waves 19-5. Memphis had nine blocks in the first half, including three by Shawn Taggart, to limit Pepperdine to 30 percent shooting. The Wave stayed close through the first 13 minutes thanks to rebounding and miscues by the Memphis offense. The Waves had 12 offensive rebounds at the time and caused eight Tiger turnovers. Rico Tucker had three steals for Pepperdine in the first half. Pepperdine trailed 25-24 with 6:50 left in the half before the Memphis offense pulled away on long-range shooting. The Tigers started a 16-1 run with eight unanswered points. The spurt included four 3-pointers and ended with five points by Kemp.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)