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
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
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
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
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'
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
The Tigers eventually would lead by 35.
Next game for Memphis, the Lamar Cardinals Saturday night at FedExForum.