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Dorsey leads No. 2 Memphis to 94-56 victory over UAB

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Joey Dorsey had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 Memphis to a 94-56 victory over UAB on Saturday afternoon.

It was the fourth straight win for the Tigers (30-1, 16-0 Conference USA) and their most dominant performance since dropping their only game of the season to Tennessee two weeks ago.

By midway through the second half, the Tigers were leading by 36 points and having fun on Senior Day for Dorsey and reserve guard Andre Allen. They were throwing passes off the backboard for assists and Allen was going one-on-one for drives and 3-pointers.

Lawrence Kinnard led UAB (22-9, 12-4) with 16 points, while Robert Vaden had 13, eight under his 22.1 average. Vaden was 5-of-17 from the field and many of his points came after Antonio Anderson, who had guarded the Blazers' leading scorer, left the game with an ankle sprain early in the second half.

The win was Memphis' 39th straight in C-USA play, as it enter next week's conference tournament as the top seed. It also was a bit of a statement game for the Tigers, who had to rally in the final 1:23 to beat the Blazers 79-78 on Feb. 16 and preserve their No. 1 ranking at the time.

UAB, which was the last team to beat Memphis in a conference game, never had a chance to repeat either of those performances this time as the Tigers scored the game's first 10 points and built the lead to as many as 32 early in the second half. Memphis eventually would lead by as many as 43. 

The Blazers ended the day with 23 turnovers and shot 34 percent.

Allen and Doneal Mack scored 11 each for Memphis, while Anderson finished with 10, all in the first half. Freshman guard Derrick Rose had 11 assists.

With just under 4 minutes left, the crowd was on its feet chanting "Joey, Joey, Joey" for the 6-foot-9 forward from Baltimore. Dorsey waved to the crowd and hugged coach John Calipari as he left the floor with the chants continuing until after he grabbed a seat on the bench.

Allen was next and received a similar standing ovation. Allen could return next season because he has one year of eligibility left, but was honored as a senior on Saturday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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