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Tigers Get Tough vs Northeastern at FedExForum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tyreke Evans had 27 points and seven

steals, both career highs, to lead Memphis to an 80-48 victory over

Northeastern on Wednesday.

The freshman guard connected on 9 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5

from outside the 3-point arc, as Memphis won its third straight.

Robert Dozier added 16 points, making all 10 of his free throws,

and Antonio Anderson scored 11 for Memphis.

The Tigers (9-3) pulled away at the end of the first half and

were never threatened the rest of the way.

Manny Adako led Northeastern (6-5), hitting all seven of his

shots in the game. Matt Janning, the Huskies' leading scorer, was

limited to six points, going 2-for-12 from the field. Janning

missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

The Huskies, coming off a 55-42 win at Indiana on Monday, held

an early lead, but struggled after the midway point of the first

half. Northeastern shot 36 percent (17 of 47) and committed 25

turnovers.

Neither team shot very well, but the Huskies were hindered by

turnovers and foul problems. Those were compounded by Janning, who

averages 16.3 points, missing 10 of his first 11 shots.

The game became a bit testy in the first half.

There was a slight skirmish with 7:41 left in the first half

which led to an intentional technical against Adako. Later in the

half, Evans picked up an intentional technical, and in the closing

seconds of the half, Janning was called for an intentional foul on

Anderson.

The Tigers started with a lack of emotion, leading to quick

substitutions by Memphis coach John Calipari. That helped the

Huskies build a 22-15 lead near the midway point of the half.

Memphis already had started chipping away at the lead when Adako

drew his second personal foul, followed by the intentional

technical. The two ensuing free throws by Dozier tied the game at

22. That was part of Memphis closing the half on a 23-4 rally to

take a 38-26 lead into intermission, the Tigers' biggest lead of

the half.

Adako, who hit all five of his shots in the first half, led the

Huskies with 11 points, but was on the bench for the final 7:41 of

the half with three fouls.

Evans had 14 points in the first half for Memphis, hitting 5 of

8 shots.

Memphis extended the lead to 17 over the opening 4 minutes of

the second half. Evans' dunk after a steal by Kemp led Northeastern

coach Bill Coen to call timeout in hopes of stopping the Tigers'

momentum.

It didn't help.

The Tigers were still ahead by 21 with 11:32 left and the

Huskies were facing foul problems across the front line. Center

Nkem Ojougboh and forward Eugene Spates had four fouls apiece.

Adako would pick up his fourth less than two minutes later.

Memphis continued to extend the advantage as Evans' seventh

steal and dunk with just over 4 minutes left gave Memphis a 74-44

lead.

The Tigers eventually would lead by 35.

Next game for Memphis, the Lamar Cardinals Saturday night at FedExForum.

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