Memphis wins 3rd straight C-USA tournament title; beats Tulsa 77-51 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis wins 3rd straight C-USA tournament title; beats Tulsa 77-51

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Tigers have proven once again to be too talented and too deep for Conference USA. 

Now they are ready to see how their act travels in the NCAA tournament.

Antonio Anderson scored 19 points, and No. 2 Memphis added a third straight Conference USA tournament championship to the Tigers' third consecutive regular-season title by routing Tulsa 77-51 Saturday for a 42nd straight league win.

Anderson hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range to become the third player to lead the Tigers in scoring in as many games. He and Chris Doulas-Roberts, who added 16 points, went a combined 14-of-17 from the floor. Jeff Robinson had 11 off the bench.

Tulsa 7-footer Jerome Jordan had a team-high 15 points, and Ben Uzoh added 13.

The Tigers (33-1) didn't need the automatic berth to play in the NCAA tournament for a fifth time in six seasons and 21 overall. Finishing the season with their seventh straight win strengthens their case for a second No. 1 seed in three seasons after tying the school record for wins in a season and matching the 33 wins of the past two seasons.

These Tigers will also be going into the NCAA tournament as only the 28th team with at least 30 wins. Saturday's victory also moved them into sole possession of fifth place for most wins in a three-year period with 99. Only Kentucky, with 104 between 1994 and 1996 and 102 between 1947-1949, Montana State (102) and Duke (101) have won more in a three-year span.

Seventh-seeded Tulsa's only hope of getting to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003 was winning the tournament title to earn the automatic bid.

Trying to become the first Conference USA team to win four games in four days since Saint Louis in 2000 was just too much for the Golden Hurricane (20-13), who already had become the first team in tournament history to play back-to-back overtime games to get to the final.

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