Memphis Defeats Cincinnati, 60-45
Antonio Anderson scored 18 points while Tyreke Evans added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 60-45 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.
"We laughed and said Tyreke (Evans) could have had a quadruple double because he almost had 10 turnovers, but it was his first start at point guard and I was on him," said Memphis coach John Calipari. "The only thing he has to do is jump shot."
Anderson, who has struggled shooting for most of the season, connected on 8 of 13 shots as the Tigers won their second straight and snapped the Bearcats' four-game winning streak. He also added eight assists in the win.
"We need senior leadership and Antonio (Anderson) showed it today," Calipari said. "He had some courage on some shots. In transition, he pulled up. And we have other guys wide open and no one near them and they're shooting air balls. I'm trying to get Tyreke in that bunch."
Anderson's 18 points were a season-high for the senior from Lynn, Mass. His previous high on the season was 15 points against Massachussetts. Anderson has had previous success against Cincinnati, netting 32 points on 11 made field goals, including seven three pointers against the Bearcats during his freshman season in 2005.
Robert Dozier added 17 points for Memphis (8-3).
Deonta Vaughn led the Bearcats (10-3) with 17 points, and was the only Cincinnati player in double figures. The Bearcats were hindered by a 26.1 percent shooting from the field (12 of 46) and 20 turnovers."If you hold a team to 60 points, with as much athleticism as Memphis has and hold them to 37.5 percent shooting, we should have a chance," said Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin. "You can't have 20 turnovers though. We had some guys that looked really shaky with the basketball tonight. Of course, we're starting two freshmen, and we have a long way to go as far as being able to go on the road with success.
Memphis will return to the court on New Year's Eve for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff with Northeastern. The game marks the fifth-straight home game for the Tigers at FedExForum. It is part of a seven-game home stand for the U of M.