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UCF no match for No. 3 Memphis

By wire services
Published January 29, 2006


MEMPHIS - The wakeup call apparently didn't come until No. 3 Memphis got behind.

The Tigers seemed a little groggy for the noon start before shaking off the cobwebs and running away for a 94-61 victory over Central Florida on Saturday.

Rodney Carney was 5-of-6 from 3-point range and scored 26 to lead the Tigers to their eighth straight victory.

Carney, who had eight points in a 59-second span, provided an early offensive spark for Memphis after the lackluster start.

Shawne Williams finished with 16 points for Memphis, which shot 51 percent from the field.

Mike O'Donnell and Dave Noel each had 10 points for Central Florida, with Noel missing only one of five shots from the field. The Golden Knights' leading scorers - Justin Rose and Josh Peppers - were held to four and nine points respectively and were a combined 5-of-18 from the field. Anthony Williams, who averages just under 10 points, was held to five because of foul problems.

"They are an unbelievable team. Very fast, very athletic," O'Donnell said. "But it shouldn't have been that score. ... That was a little embarrassing."

CAMPBELL 93, NORTH FLORIDA 75: Maurice Latham and Eric Smith each scored 25 as the Fighting Camels blasted the Ospreys in the Atlantic Sun Conference. North Florida is 0-10 on the road this year, 0-7 against A-Sun opponents.

DELAWARE ST. 61, FAMU 50: Jahsha Bluntt scored 21 to lead the Hornets to their eighth straight win, which snapped a four-game winning streak for the visiting Rattlers.

STETSON 74, ETSU 71 (OT): Gabe McMillen knocked down a pair of free throws with 6.5 seconds left in overtime to lift the visiting Hatters in an Atlantic Sun Conference game. Stetson ended a six-game losing streak and a 15-game losing streak on the road dating to last year.

Around the nation

KANSAS 95, IOWA ST. 85: Mario Chalmers scored 21 to lead five players in double figures for the visiting Jayhawks in their fourth straight win.

NEBRASKA 65, MISSOURI 52: Jamel White scored a career-high 28 and the Huskers held the visiting Tigers to 11 points in the final nine minutes.