#18 Tigers Jump on Marist at FedExForum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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#18 Tigers Jump on Marist at FedExForum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Unhappy with his team's start in recent

games, Memphis coach John Calipari shuffled his lineup for more

energy.

Then he shuffled the lineup again minutes after the opening tip

and kept shuffling as the 18th-ranked Tigers ran away from Marist,

100-61 on Tuesday night.

Shawn Taggart had 21 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks and

freshman Tyreke Evans added 24 points as the Tigers dominated every

phase of the game.

"Things we had worked on for three or four days, carried

over," Calipari said. "The people who have been in our practices

know that everything went up a notch."

Antonio Anderson scored 12 points and Roburt Sallie finished

with 11 for Memphis (5-1). Evans was 10-of-13 from the field, and

added six rebounds and four assists.

David Devezin led the Red Foxes (2-4) with 11 points, while

Lawrence Williams and Ryan Schneider had 10 each.

Memphis built the lead to double digits within the first seven

minutes, continued to extend it through the first half and kept the

pressure on after the break, leading by 40 with 10 minutes left,

and eventually leading by as many as 45.

"We've had leads (this season), and they've broken down,"

Taggart said. "Now, we know we have to keep our foot on that

throat. We've got to be relentless."

The Tigers shot 53 percent, and held the Red Foxes to 35 percent

and caused 21 turnovers. Memphis blocked 14 shots, one short of the

school record set against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 1998.

The game was the latest of the teacher-vs.-student matchups for

Calipari. First-year Marist coach Chuck Martin was an assistant on

Calipari's staff at Memphis the previous two years. Calipari will

face five former assistants this season.

"I knew I wasn't getting any calls," Martin said with a laugh.

"I'm at the FedExForum against Cal. You know you're not getting

any calls."

Martin also knew his team was outmanned because he witnessed the

Tigers' recent runs through the NCAA tournament, including last

year's march to the national championship game and an overtime loss

to Kansas, from a seat on the bench. But telling his new team about

the intensity and the Red Foxes experiencing it was a different

story.

"They needed to feel the sting," Martin said, later adding,

"(I) know what's coming. My kids didn't know what was coming. You

try to explain it, but they don't know what's coming through the

tunnel."

Memphis, which had nine days off since its first loss of the

season to Xavier on Nov. 23, went with a different lineup, starting

Pierre Henderson-Niles and freshman Wesley Witherspoon, who became

the latest Tiger to get a chance at the point. Witherspoon had

three assists, no turnovers and six points.

But the experiment was only temporary as the Tigers constantly

shuffled players throughout the first half, putting fresh players

against Marist.

The start was much crisper than against Xavier, when the Tigers

were 1-of-11 from the field.

"You go 1-for-11, well then different people need to be

starting," Calipari said of the change. "We needed to try

something different, and that's what we did. Obviously, it

worked."

Memphis led 51-24 at halftime with Evans scoring 18 points and

missing only one of eight shots as Memphis shot 56 percent in the

first half.

Schneider was the only bright spot for the Red Foxes, scoring 10

points.

The domination began immediately. Memphis shot well from the

start, rejected Marist shots in the middle and forced turnovers

leading to 18 points in the first half.

At times, the Red Foxes seemed content to just launch shots in

desperation as defenders hounded them. It was so bad that coming

out of a timeout midway through the first half, the Tigers

accidentally sent only four players onto the court.

Marist missed three shots and failed to score even with the

5-on-4 advantage before Memphis called timeout to get a fifth

player on the court.

"The most impressive thing is their guards are so big," Martin

said. "Wesley Witherspoon is 6-foot-8, and he's their point guard.

Antonio Anderson is 6-foot-6 and built like a middle linebacker.

Tyreke is their small guard, and he's 6-foot-5. We would get by one

guard, and then there's another guard."

Memphis held Marist to 29 percent shooting and caused 14

turnovers in the half. The Tigers blocked seven shots, spread among

six players. Memphis' domination of the middle included a 38-10

advantage in the paint.

The Tigers' 27-point halftime lead, matched their biggest at the

half this season, and they coasted the rest of the way.

"There were a lot of things I saw that I liked," Calipari

said. "However, there are still a lot of things we need to work

on."

  The Tigers now have more than a week to prepare for their next game...and it's a Big one.

The U of M plays at 20th ranked Georgetown December 13th.

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