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No. 18 Memphis beats Houston 83-68

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Dozier had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Doneal Mack added 18 points to lead No. 18 Memphis to an 83-68 victory over Houston on Saturday, the Tigers' 49th consecutive Conference USA win.

Mack was 6-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, for Memphis (18-3, 7-0), while Antonio Anderson had 16 points, Shawn Taggart 11 and Tyreke Evans 10.

Aubrey Coleman had a career-high 35 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cougars (12-7, 3-3), who have lost three straight, while Kelvin Lewis had 10 points.

Coleman returned from a one-game suspension levied by the conference after the junior stepped on Arizona's Chase Budinger a week earlier. The Memphis faithful booed Coleman every time he touched the ball during the game's early minutes.

But Coleman responded to the adversity by scoring 10 of the Cougars' first 14 points to keep Houston close after Memphis opened the game with a 15-0 run. The Tigers hit six of their first eight shots, including going 3-of-4 outside the arc.

The rest of the Cougars finally started hitting shots as Lewis made two 3-pointers and Marcus Cousin scored on a 10-footer, all part of a 12-2 run that brought Houston within 29-28.

The Cougars stayed close the rest of the half, although Memphis never surrendered the lead and was up 43-38 at the break.

Memphis connected on 11 of its first 18 shots, but went into halftime shooting 45 percent, while Houston was at 42 percent. Memphis committed 12 turnovers in the half.

The Cougars took their first lead of the game with two 3-pointers to open the second half. Memphis answered with a 14-4 run as the Tigers began putting the ball in Evans' hands. The rally included two layups by Evans, while Willie Kemp and Mack connected on 3-pointers to start and finish the run.

Memphis extended the lead to 21 points as Houston was having trouble getting off shots. During one stretch as the Tigers pulled away, Houston didn't score a field goal over a 7-minute span.            

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