MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 22 points and
No. 1 Memphis rallied from its first halftime deficit since Dec. 4
to remain undefeated with a 68-59 victory over Houston on Wednesday
The Tigers (24-0, 10-0) have won 47 straight games on their home
floor, 53 in a row in the regular season and 33 straight in
Robert McKiver had 21 points for Houston (18-5, 7-2), which had
won three straight.
The Cougars dropped to 2-11 against top-ranked teams. Houston
hasn't beaten a No. 1 team since Feb. 18, 1978, against Arkansas.
Antonio Anderson added 12 points, and Derrick Rose had 10 for
Tafari Toney had 14 points for the Cougars, who led 37-35 at
It was the first time the Tigers have trailed at halftime since
Southern California led 29-24 in New York. Memphis won that game
62-58 in overtime.
Houston, which had been 17-2 when leading at halftime, turned
Memphis over twice in the opening minute of the second half.
But the Cougars lost their seventh straight in this series after
losing their shooting touch, missing 13 of their first 14 and
finishing 8-of-35 in the second half. McKiver, the Cougars' leading
scorer, was 2-of-13 in the final 20 minutes.
With fans on their feet in the opening minutes of the second
half, Douglas-Roberts and Anderson helped Memphis take control with
a 14-3 run.
Douglas-Roberts scored the first four points of the half and
added a free throw. Anderson scored on a fast-break layup, hit a
3-pointer and hit two of three free throws for a 49-40 lead with
15:55 to go. Rose's 3 with 13:37 left gave the Tigers their first
double-digit lead of the game at 54-44.
It didn't help that the Cougars, the nation's seventh-best
shooting team at the line, only got there twice. Memphis, which had
been ranked 324 out of 325 Division I teams in free throw shooting,
The first half couldn't have been much tighter as the teams
swapped the lead 11 times with six ties, and McKiver put Houston
ahead with his fourth 3-pointer with 1:04 left in the first half.
Douglas-Roberts stole the ball from Toney in the final seconds to
keep it tight.
The Cougars got Tigers senior Joey Dorsey into quick foul
trouble, which helped them control the boards early. Dorsey, who
had three rebounds in the first half, finished with 12 as Memphis
had a 46-37 rebound advantage.