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Thursday, February 21, 2008

N.O. Times-Picayune - Memphis routs Wave again

Memphis routs Wave again
by Nakia Hogan, Times-Picayune
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 9:59 PM

No. 1-ranked Memphis dominated from start to finish on its way to routing Tulane 97-71.

The victory was the 14th straight for the Tigers over Tulane, with the wins coming by an average margin of 22.2 points. The win was also the 45th straight regular season victory.
Tulane, losers of four straight games, continues to struggle mightily against teams that employ up-tempo styles.

"We just got beat by the best team in the country," Tulane coach Dave Dickerson said. "It's a difficult loss, but if you put things into context they are ranked No. 1 in the country, they haven't lost a game in our conference in almost a year and a half. And we have a long ways to go to catch up to that."

Memphis guard chris Douglas-Roberts scored a game-high 29 points, routinely beating the Green Wave along the baseline. Douglas-Roberts, C-USA preseason player of the year, had 20 of his points in the first half.

He had plenty of help, though, as 10 different Tigers scored. Freshman point guard Derrick Rose scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished five assists. And Robert Dozier and Doneal Mack added 14 apiece.

David Gomez led Tulane (15-10, 5-6) with 23 points. Kevin Sims added 14, Robinson Louisme 12 and Johnny Mayhane 11.

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