Memphis defeats Marshall 80-57 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis defeats Marshall 80-57

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Antonio Anderson scored 17 points and Roburt Sallie added 13 as Memphis pulled away in the second half for an 80-57 victory over Marshall on Wednesday night in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

Tyreke Evans added 11 points and eight rebounds as Memphis (11-3, 1-0) used a 27-7 rally to put away the Thundering Herd in the second half. Memphis ended the night shooting 47.5 percent from the field (29 of 61), while holding Marshall to 28.6 percent (18 of 63).

Memphis has won 43 straight conference games, including the postseason tournament.

Markel Humphrey led Marshall (7-7, 0-1) with 14 points, while Damier Pitts and Tyler Wilkerson finished with 11 apiece. Wilkerson also grabbed eight rebounds.

Memphis built its lead to double-digits to open the second half with an 11-1 surge for a 46-31 advantage. As the Tigers stretched the lead to 27 during the 27-7 spurt, Marshall hit only two of its first 19 shots in the half. The Thundering Herd went 8:05 without a field goal.

From there, Memphis was never threatened in winning its fifth straight game.

The Tigers' last C-USA loss was March 2, 2006, an 80-74 defeat at Alabama-Birmingham. Memphis has not lost a conference opener at home since the 2001-02 season.

The Thundering Herd was able to protect the ball early, committing only four turnovers in the first half. Despite poor shooting, Marshall held an early four-point lead.

Marshall stayed even with the Tigers through much of the first half, with Memphis carrying a 35-28 lead into intermission. The Tigers closed with six straight by Anderson who had 13 points in the first half.

No Marshall player was in double figures at that point.

Marshall has been struggling with injuries. Reserve center Marcus Goode had left knee surgery on Monday and is out four to six weeks. Meanwhile, Humphrey, a third-team all-conference player last season, continues to battle a foot injury he suffered Dec. 23 against Dayton. He was questionable for Wednesday night's game, and Shaquille Johnson started in his place, although Humphrey entered the game with about four minutes gone.                  

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