MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Freshman Derrick Rose had 21 points to help No. 3 Memphis beat Richmond 80-63 on Tuesday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
The freshman guard was 6-for-8 from the field and overcame early foul trouble to spark the Tigers (2-0), who found themselves trailing at home with less than 13 minutes to play. Rose was named the most valuable player of the Memphis regional, scoring 38 points in the first two rounds of the tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.
David Gonzalez had 25 points for Richmond (1-1), including the first nine points of the second half. Gonzalez was 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, while Robert Dozier added nine points and eight rebounds.
Memphis starting forward Joey Dorsey was not in uniform, missing his second straight game with a right shoulder sprain.
The Tigers advanced to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15
No. 20 Kentucky 67, Central Arkansas 40
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Joe Crawford scored 20 points and Kentucky began the Billy Gillispie era with a victory in the opening round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
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Crawford, a senior guard who started for Gillispie's predecessor Tubby Smith, was among the last players on the team to see action Tuesday, not appearing until 13 minutes in. He finished 7-of-11 from the field.
Sophomore forward Mark Coury finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kentucky led 34-20 at halftime despite shooting just 40 percent. The Wildcats picked up the pace in the second half with 56 percent.
Durrell Nevels led Central Arkansas (0-1) with 10 points.
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