MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Antonio Anderson scored 12 points, dished
out 13 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Memphis to a 108-75
victory over Lamar on Saturday night.
Anderson became only the second Memphis player in history to
record a triple-double since Anfernee Hardaway in 1993. Tyreke
Evans, who went 11 of 16 from the field, scored 25 points.
Robert Dozier finished with 19 points, and Shawn Taggart scored
15 points Doneal Mack had 14 for the Tigers (10-3).
Kenny Dawkins led Lamar (9-4) with 19 points, while Brandon
McThay contributed 12. Charlie Harper and Tristan Worrell had 11
apiece for the Cardinals.
Memphis, which won its fourth straight since a 72-65 loss to
Syracuse on Dec. 20, shot 53 percent.
Memphis put the game away in the first half, erasing an early
Lamar advantage with a 16-0 run.
The game was the latest between Memphis coach John Calipari and
one of his former assistants. Lamar coach Steve Roccaforte was a
member of the Memphis staff for three years before moving to Lamar.
Memphis has won all four previous games against assistants from
Calipari's staffs at Memphis and Massachusetts.
Lamar has wins this year over Rice, Ohio and Texas Tech. The
play early in the game could have given Lamar a little confidence,
but it was short-term.
The Cardinals were able to rely on early scoring from Dawkins to
build a lead at 17-14. At that point, Memphis turned up the
defensive pressure and outplayed Lamar the rest of the half.
The Tigers' rally started with 16 unanswered points to erase the
lead. Lamar went almost six minutes without scoring.
The Memphis' spurt was capped by consecutive 3-pointers from
Evans to give Memphis a 13-point lead that would catapult the
Tigers to a 58-35 advantage at intermission. The total was the most
points Memphis had scored in a first half this season.
Evans had 14 for Memphis at that point, hitting six of his eight
shots. Dawkins led the Cardinals with 13 points.
Lamar was struggling from the field, shooting 31 percent. They
also had trouble handling the ball, committing 10 turnovers that
led to 14 Memphis points.
The second half wouldn't get much better for the Cardinals as
they would end the game with 17 turnovers and a 35 percent shooting
Memphis continued to use its inside-outside attack to extend the
lead. Near the midway point of the second half Memphis was still
shooting 54 percent from the field and built the advantage to 30,
eventually leading by as many as 36 points.