Tigers Smash SMU 79-66/Win 50th Straight in C-USA - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Tigers Smash SMU 79-66/Win 50th Straight in C-USA

In College Hoops, the Memphis Tigers have this Winning Streak thing down pat...

Tonight they go for the Gold..

That's 50 wins in a row in Conference USA..

They're heavily favored to do just that against SMU on the Road in Dallas..

The Mustangs have won only 1 League game this year..

DALLAS (AP) - Tyreke Evans scored 26 points, including eight in

a key second-half run, and No. 14 Memphis won its 50th straight

Conference USA game, beating SMU 79-66 on Wednesday night.

The Tigers (19-3, 8-0) last lost in league play to UAB on March

2, 2006. The Tigers have won 13 straight, the second-longest

winning streak in the nation behind Utah State's 16.

The Tigers trailed 41-39 early in the second half before they

went on a 21-5 run that gave them the lead for good. Evans scored

eight points in the surge, including a 3-pointer that gave Memphis

a 60-46 lead with just over 4 minutes remaining.

SMU (6-14, 1-7) has lost five straight games and nine in a row

to ranked teams dating to 2003.

Shawn Taggart scored 14 points and Robert Dozier and Roburt

Sallie both had 13 for the Tigers.

Paul McCoy had 16 points for SMU, while Mouhammad Faye added 14

and Derek Williams 13.

After SMU scored nine straight points to take their first lead

since the opening minutes, Memphis answered with its game-changing

run.

Evans had consecutive baskets to put the Tigers ahead 49-41,

then fed Dozier on an alley-oop dunk that stretched it to 10. The

freshman guard capped the spurt with a 3-pointer.

Memphis will have to wait to extend its lengthy conference

winning streak as the Tigers play No. 18 Gonzaga on Saturday in a

nonconference game.

Early in the second half, SMU was assessed a technical foul when

spectators threw a couple of T-shirts on the court after the

Mustangs were called for a foul.

Evans missed the free throws for the technical, but stepped up

seconds later and hit two free throws to give the Tigers a 39-32

lead.

SMU, which nearly ruined Memphis' perfect conference record two

years ago before losing by three points, then briefly took the

lead.

Williams hit a 3-pointer from 30 feet just before the shot clock

expired to tie it at 39, and McCoy drove for a layup to give the

Mustangs a 41-39 lead with 13:44 remaining.

The Mustangs missed five of seven shots and turned the ball over

six times over the next 9 minutes.

Sallie scored 11 points in just 6 minutes to help Memphis take a

34-29 halftime lead. The sophomore guard was 4-for-4 from the

field, including three 3-pointers.

He hit from long distance with 4:58 left to give the Tigers a

29-21 lead, their largest to that point.

With SMU coach Matt Doherty raising his arms toward the crowd in

an attempt to fire up the student section, the Mustangs closed the

gap. Bamba Fall's layup just before the buzzer brought the

Mustangs, who shot 50 percent in the opening half, within five.

The 14th ranked Tigers stay on the Road for a highly anticipated matchup with 18th ranked Gonzaga at Spokane, Washington Saturday night.

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