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November 20, 2007
Rose struggles, but Memphis wins easily
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Willie Kemp scored a career-high 22 points, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, and Doneal Mack added 19 to lead No. 3 Memphis to an 84-63 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Chris Douglas-Roberts added 16 points for Memphis (5-0), which has won all of its games by double-digit margins.
Adrian Banks led the Indians (0-3) with 32 points, one short of his career high, and provided the most consistent offensive threat for Arkansas State. The 6-foot-3 senior guard finished the game shooting 12-for-20 from the field. No other Indians player was in double figures.
The Tigers, playing their first game after winning the 2K Sports College Hoops Challenge tournament, at times looked sloppy, although they were never really threatened in the second half.
Each time the Indians made a run that seemed like they might get the deficit to a manageable number, Kemp connected from long range, including back-to-back 3-pointers with about 9 minutes left to build the Memphis advantage to 64-42.
Memphis freshman Derrick Rose struggled through the toughest night of his young collegiate career, scoring only four points, the first game in which he has not reached double figures. While he missed five of his seven shots from the field, he did have six rebounds and five assists.
Memphis shot 55 percent for the game, while Arkansas State was at 43 percent.
The Tigers led 43-25 at the half after their 3-point shooting overcame early intensity problems.
Kemp came off the bench for 14 first-half points, hitting 5-for-6 from the floor, including all but one of his five shots outside the arc as Memphis shot 50 percent from long range.
Arkansas State's offense centered around Banks, who scored 17 in the half, hitting 6 of 9 shots. No other Indians player had more than three points before the break.
The 15 Arkansas State turnovers led to 20 Memphis points in the half.
But it didn't start that way. Memphis coach John Calipari had seen enough of his starters and their lackadaisical play within the first 5 minutes. He sent a full complement of reserves to the scorer's table with the Indians holding an early lead.
The change resulted not only in more pressure by Memphis, but a 12-2 run to erase the Indians lead. Little by little, the starters returned with a bit more intensity, and after Kemp connected on a trio of consecutive 3-pointers, Memphis was up 31-15.
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