Memphis 83, Ark.-Little Rock 71

Roburt Sallie scored 18 points, and Memphis overcame a sluggish

first half to beat Arkansas-Little Rock 83-71 Saturday.

The Tigers (7-1) went on a 21-6 run at the start of the second

half. Elliot Williams scored 20 of his 21 points after intermission

for Memphis.

Solomon Bozeman scored 23 points to lead the Trojans (4-6), who

led 34-29 at halftime.

Matt Mouzy scored 11 points in the first half and finished with

16 for UALR.

UALR defended Williams physically in the first half, holding him

to two field-goal attempts. He had plenty of help, though. Memphis

made five 3-pointers in the first 5:30 of the second half,

including three by Sallie.

The Trojans had a chance to make it interesting down the

stretch, but Mouzy missed a 3-pointer with under 4:00 remaining,

and Williams made a 3 at the other end to put Memphis ahead

71-61.

Memphis is trying to continue its winning ways after the

departure of coach John Calipari to Kentucky. The Tigers nearly

beat top-ranked Kansas last month and have won six straight

since.

Memphis was one spot out of the Top 25 this week.

This game was played before a crowd of 5,538 at Verizon Arena,

instead of at UALR’s on-campus facility. One side of the court was

taken up almost entirely by Memphis fans. Memphis is about a

two-hour drive from the Little Rock area.

Williams scored at least 20 points for the seventh straight

game. He finished 4-of-7 from the field and 11-of-15 on free

throws.

After being held to 29 points in the first half, Memphis scored

that many in less than nine minutes to start the second. The Tigers

went 9-of-16 from 3-point range in the second half and finished

12-of-28.

Doneal Mack scored 12 points for Memphis. Mike Smith finished

with 10 points and eight rebounds for UALR.

The Tigers’ impressive outside shooting offset some positive

signs for UALR, which is in a bit of a rebuilding mode after being

one of the Sun Belt Conference’s top teams last season. The Trojans

committed only 12 turnovers and outrebounded Memphis 37-30.