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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

#3 Memphis 104, Austin Peay 82

No. 3 Memphis Beats Austin Peay

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman Derrick Rose had 19 points and 12 assists, and No. 3 Memphis shot 64 percent from the floor Tuesday night in a 104-82 victory over Austin Peay.

Rose was coming off his worst game of the season, a four-point performance against Arkansas State a week before. This time, he shot 6-of-8 as Memphis (6-0) built the lead to 23 early in the second half.

Chris Douglas-Roberts led Memphis with 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting, and Shawn Taggart added a career-high 17 points. Joey Dorsey was one of three Tigers with 10 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Drake Reed led the Governors (2-4) with 21 points, missing only one of his nine shots. Todd Babington finished with 18 points on 5-of-8 from the field, all from 3-point range. Wes Channels had 16 for Austin Peay and Kyle Duncan finished with 10 points, hitting all four of his shots from the field.

Memphis has won all its games by double digits. The Governors, who have lost two straight, never got the deficit under 16 in the final 17 minutes.

The Governors shot 54 percent for the game and 56 percent outside the arc. But they were stymied by 21 turnovers that led to 31 Memphis points. Reed committed eight of those miscues.

The Tigers also controlled the middle, outscoring Austin Peay 64-32 in the paint.

Austin Peay shot 50 percent in the first half and trailed 53-36 because Memphis connected on 21 of 31 attempts (68 percent).

Douglas-Roberts had 11 points in the first half. Reed scored 12.

Memphis opened the game by connecting on its first eight shots from the field to build a nine-point lead. Willie Kemp had two quick 3-pointers when he entered near the 15-minute mark.

The 17-point lead at the break was the Tigers' largest of the half. Austin Peay hit only two 3-pointers in the first half.

Memphis extended the cushion to 23 several times early in the second half.

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