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Thursday, March 08, 2007

AP - #5 Memphis Advances, Almond, Rice Upset UCF

Conference USA tournament
No. 5 Memphis advances; Almond, Rice upset UCF
Posted: Thursday March 8, 2007 4:14PM; Updated: Thursday March 8, 2007 9:30PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Doneal Mack and Jeremy Hunt scored 19 points apiece to lead No. 5 Memphis to a 92-71 victory over Marshall in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday night.

Five Tigers scored in double figures. Joey Dorsey had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis (28-3), which recorded its 20th straight victory, the longest streak winning streak in the nation.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 11 points, and Robert Dozier had 10 points for Memphis.

Mark Dorris led the Thundering Herd (13-19) with 21 points, and Markel Humphrey scored 14.

Memphis, which went undefeated in conference play and is the tournament's top seed, used a 24-2 run in the first half sparked by the 3-point shooting of Mack and Hunt to build its lead to 28 before halftime.

Marshall, the tournament's No. 8 seed, opened the second half with a 13-3 run to get within 13 points, but never got closer the rest of the way.

Memphis will play in one of Friday's semifinals against the winner of the Tulsa-Tulane game late Thursday night.

Marshall advanced to Thursday's game against the Tigers by beating UAB 53-52 in Wednesday's opening round.

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