Memphis Wins The 2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship

Go C-USA! Rodney Carney Celebrates a C-USA Title
Go C-USA!
Rodney Carney Celebrates a C-USA Title
Go C-USA!

March 11, 2006

Top-seed Memphis has won the 2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship presented by Aeropostale and earned the school's first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament since the Tigers won the 1987 Metro Conference tournament. C-USA Freshman of the Year Shawne Williams led all scorers with 18 points in the Tigers 57-46 victory over UAB. He was named Tournament MVP after reaching double figures in all three tournament games.

Championship Game: Memphis 57, UAB 46
Shawne Williams scored 18 points and Joey Dorsey had 10 points and 12 rebounds Saturday as No. 5 Memphis beat No. 24 UAB 57-46 in the Conference USA Tournament championship game.

The Tigers (30-3), who also won the league's regular season title, led from the start by jumping to a 7-0 advantage. Memphis staged a 13-2 run for a 17-point lead, their largest of the game, with about 8 1/2 minutes to play. Rodeny Carney tipped in a Tiger miss to make the score 49-32.

Carney, the Tigers' leading scorer and the conference player of the year, managed only eight points, missing 11-of-14 shots, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range.

The Blazers (24-6) were led by Paul Delaney with 14 points.

Darius Washington had seven points for Memphis, hitting all three of his free throws.

Last year, Washington came up two short on three free throws last year as Memphis let Louisville escape with a victory in the conference championship. Washington, shooting after the final buzzer, crumpled to the floor at the end of that game, also in Memphis.

He left the court smiling this time.

A swarming Tiger defense held the Blazers to 27 percent shooting. Dorsey controlled the interior with two blocks to go with his 12 rebounds.

The Tigers shot only 33 percent, but were successful early from 3-point range.

Memphis led 32-22 at the half.

The Blazers missed their first 12 shots and failed to get a field goal until seven minutes into the game when Wen Mukubu scored on a layup.

Memphis, while shooting 32 percent for the half, hit six of its first 11 tries from 3-point range. Williams, who had 13 points for the half, was 3-of-5 from behind the arc, while Antonio Anderson hit on both of his 3-point attempts.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Rodney Carney, Memphis
Joey Dorsey, Memphis
Shawne Williams, Memphis
Squeaky Johnson, UAB
Jason Williams, UTEP

MVP: Shawne Williams, Memphis

2006 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by Aeropostale
FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn.

First Round, Wednesday, March 8 (10) SMU 61, (7) Rice 59 (11) Southern Miss 66, (6) Tulsa 61 (8) Tulane 64, (9) Marshall 58 (5) UCF 65, (12) East Carolina 52

Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 9 (2) UAB 69, (10) SMU 55 (3) UTEP 66, (11) Southern Miss 47 (1) Memphis 75, (8) Tulane 56 (4) Houston 71, (5) UCF 52

Semifinals, Friday, March 10 Memphis 68, Houston 54 UAB 63, UTEP 60

Saturday, March 11 Championship Game Memphis 57, UAB 46

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