Tigers Win Closest Game Of Undefeated Season - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Tigers Win Closest Game Of Undefeated Season

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored with 2:31 left to break a 60-all tie, and top-ranked Memphis remained the country's only undefeated team Saturday by pulling out a 70-64 victory over Texas-El Paso. The Tigers (21-0, 7-0 Conference USA) are enjoying their best start ever, topping the 20-win start by the 1985-86 squad. They also extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 44 in the first of a four-game homestand. This was the tightest game this season for a team that had been winning league games by an average of 25.7 points.

Credit goes to UTEP coach Tony Barbee and his Miners (13-7, 4-3). Barbee knows Tigers coach John Calipari well from working as his assistant at Memphis between 2000 and 2006. He shifted defenses constantly, using a variety of zones and an occasional switch to man-to-man to make the Tigers uncomfortable. Whenever the Tigers looked ready to start running, Barbee took a timeout. The teams swapped the lead five times with nine ties, and Randy Culpepper hit a 3-pointer that gave the Miners a 60-58 lead - their first since 21-17 - with 3:44 left. Derrick Rose tied the game with a layup. Then Stefon Jackson, the league's leading scorer, missed a shot, got his own rebound but turned it over by walking under the basket. Douglas-Roberts then scored to put Memphis ahead to stay.

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