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Memphis opens season with rout of Jackson State

Nov 17, 2006 - 3:24 AM MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Memphis made it another ugly road loss for Jackson State.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 21 points and Jeremy Hunt added 16 in his first game since the 2004-05 season as 13th-ranked Memphis opened its campaign with a 111-69 victory over Jackson State in a non-conference matchup.

Douglas-Roberts made 8-of-17 shots and Hunt, who was suspended last season due to a domestic dispute, drained three 3-pointers for Memphis (1-0), which has won 12 of the last 13 meetings.

Joey Dorsey and Robert Dozier combined to collect 24 points and 23 rebounds as Memphis hit 15-of-36 shots from the arc.

"I liked our effort," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "I liked the fact that we played fast and had 12 turnovers. There are still some things I'm sure I will see on the tape that I won't like. But defensively we did some good things."

Jackson State (0-4) is in midst of a nine-game road trip to open its 2006-07 campaign. The team has dropped its first three contests by an average of 27.3 points and Memphis added to its misery from the start.

Memphis scored the first five points and maintained control from there, building a 54-33 cushion at the break.

"John Calipari knew we played several games back-to-back and knew we were exhausted, and Memphis took advantage," Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said.

Trey Johnson netted 32 points for Jackson State, which shot just 33 percent (20-of-60) from the field.

Calipari put the upcoming schedule at the Maui Invitational into perspective.

"I just told them it's a business trip," Calipari said. "Last year, we had the same kind of trip and we took care of business. We put ourselves in a position so that by the end of the year, we could do what we did. This is going to be harder. It's three days of games against three teams that all could beat us."

Memphis starts the tournament Monday against Oklahoma.

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