MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tyreke Evans scored 24 points to lead
Memphis to an 81-68 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday night.
Four other players scored in double figures for Memphis (14-3,
4-0 Conference USA). Willie Kemp had 14 points, including 4-of-6
from outside the arc, part of Memphis going 9-of-16 (56 percent)
Antonio Anderson and Doneal Mack each had 11 points for the
Tigers, while Robert Dozier finished with 10 points and 10
Paul Delaney III led the Blazers (10-7, 1-2) with 26 points.
Robert Vaden and Lawrence Kinnard scored 12 points apiece. All of
Kinnard's points came in the first half.
The victory was the Tigers' 46th straight in Conference USA,
including the postseason. UAB was the last team to defeat Memphis
in conference play with an 80-74 win in Birmingham on March 2,
Memphis was coming off a scare on the road, defeating Tulsa
55-54 on a last-second layup by Antonio Anderson on Tuesday. The
early play of UAB indicated the Tigers were in for another tough
The first half was filled with intensity and tough defense as
the UAB bench got a technical, and three players were charged with
technical fouls in the first half.
The Blazers were switching defenses and were willing to start
guarding the Tigers almost when they crossed the midcourt line.
Both coaches Mike Davis of UAB and John Calipari of Memphis were
off the bench constantly alternately yelling at their players about
mistakes and officials about their calls.
Memphis started slowly missing five of its first six shots, but
ended up shooting 50 percent for the half and 53 percent for the
game (28 of 53).
The Blazers used a quick start from Vaden to build an 11-point
lead near the 9 minute mark of the first half. Kinnard's 3-pointer
capped an 8-0 run to give the Blazers their biggest lead of the
half at 26-15.
UAB was still holding a 29-20 advantage when Evans got hot for
Memphis. Over a four minute stretch, the freshman guard scored 12
points as part of a 17-4 run for the Tigers that overtook UAB and
gave Memphis a 42-39 lead at the half.
Delaney had 17 points and Vaden chipped in 12 at in the first
Evans led Memphis with 12 points, hitting all but one of his
shots from the field.
The Blazers got in foul trouble early in the second half as both
Delaney and Vaden picked up their third fouls before two minutes
were gone. Memphis would build the lead to double-digits when Evans
hit a pair free throws with 14:30 left in the game.
Later, Kinnard pick up two quick fouls, fouling out with 6:52
By that point, Memphis was consistently holding leads up to a
The Blazers, however, had one more run left. UAB chipped away at
the Memphis lead, with five unanswered points, getting within seven
points on three occasions.
But Shawn Taggart converted on a 3-point play, and Evans hit a
layup, as Memphis rebuilt the lead to 78-66 with 2:39 left.
The Tigers would leave by 15 in the late stages of the game, and
Davis was still yelling at the officials as he left the floor.