Mack, Anderson spark Memphis

Published 4:19 am Friday, February 27, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Doneal Mack and Antonio Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers to help spark a decisive run by No. 5 Memphis in a 71-60 victory over UAB on Thursday night, clinching the Tigers’ fourth consecutive Conference USA regular-season title.

The Tigers (25-3, 13-0) won their 19th straight overall, the nation’s longest winning streak, and 55th in a row in the conference.

Memphis led by a point before suddenly pulling away from its top league challenger with a 16-4 run. Memphis allowed only two field goals over the final 4 minutes while holding Robert Vaden, UAB’s leading scorer, scoreless on 0-for-17 shooting.

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Mack had 17 points for Memphis, while Anderson had 16 and Robert Dozier 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Lawrence Kinnard had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers (19-9, 9-4), who handed the Tigers their last conference loss three years ago and came in having won six straight games and nine of 10.

No. 13 Wake Forest 85, N.C. State 78

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — James Johnson had career highs with 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead 13 Wake Forest.

Ishmael Smith added a season-high 18 points and Chas McFarland had 15 for the Demon Deacons (21-5, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 52.5 percent and led nearly all the way, but allowed most of an early 15-point lead to slip away.

No. 21 Washington 73,

No. 14 Arizona St. 70, OT

SEATTLE (AP) — Jon Brockman scored on the first two possessions of overtime and finished with 21 points for Washington, which survived a wild finish to regulation and kept control of the Pac-10 race.

Michigan 87, No. 16 Purdue 78

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 29 points and Manny Harris had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead Michigan.

The Wolverines (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) improved to 3-4 against ranked opponents and added an important victory to the ones it had over Duke and UCLA, when both teams were ranked fourth in the nation. Michigan is trying for its first NCAA tournament bid in more than a decade.

Robbie Hummel scored 24 points for the Boilermakers (21-7, 10-5), who had won four straight.

No. 17 Gonzaga 81, Santa Clara 73

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Josh Heytvelt scored a career-high 29 points and Matt Bouldin added 23 and Gonzaga remained undefeated in the West Coast Conference.

The Bulldogs (22-5, 13-0) beat Santa Clara for the fifth straight time and the 18th time in the past 19 meetings.

Freshman guard Kevin Foster led Santa Clara (14-16, 6-7) with 20 points, while center John Bryant and James Rahon both had 16.

No. 19 Xavier 68, Saint Joseph’s 54

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Derrick Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and B.J Raymond scored 18 points to lead Xavier.

The Atlantic 10-leading Musketeers (23-5, 11-3) led almost the entire game and pulled away from the mistake-prone Hawks over the last 4 minutes to win their second straight.

Ahmad Nivins scored 24 points for the Hawks, who lost their fifth straight game. Saint Joseph’s (14-13, 7-6) played without point guard Tasheed Carr, who sat out because of a concussion suffered Tuesday in practice.