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January 20, 2007

No. 17 Memphis stays perfect in C-USA

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -Jeremy Hunt scored 16 points to help No. 17 Memphis remain unbeaten in Conference USA play with a 61-42 win over East Carolina on Saturday.

Doneal Mack added 15 and Robert Dozier had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (15-3, 5-0), who shot just 31 percent from the field.

John Fields scored 14 points to lead East Carolina (5-12, 0-4).

The Pirates held Memphis' offense in check in the first half and went into the break tied at 21.

The teams combined to turn the ball over 27 times in the first half - 14 for the Pirates and 13 for Memphis.

The lead changed hands five times early in the second half, but a 7-0 Memphis run capped by Dozier's putback dunk gave the Tigers a 33-28 lead with 16:30 remaining.

Mack scored 10 consecutive Memphis points to stretch the Tigers lead to 45-32 with 12:27 left in the game.

The Pirates closed to within 48-38 on Darrell Jenkins' jumper with 8:19 remaining, but could get no closer.

For more coverage of Memphis, visit TigerSportsReport.com; for more on East Carolina, visit PirateIllustrated.com.

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