PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Darius Washington scored 20 points and Rodney Carney added 17 to lead No. 7 Memphis to a 97-89 victory over Providence on Saturday night.

Washington scored 15 points in the second half, including several key baskets down the stretch, as the Tigers won for the seventh time in eight games.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 for Memphis, and Joey Dorsey had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Center Randall Hanke added 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting for the Friars (3-4), who dropped their fourth game in a row, including their second straight to a ranked opponent. Sophomore center Randall Hanke added 14 points.

Providence cut the lead to 75-72 in the second half when Herbert Hill made two free throws with less than 6 minutes remaining. But Washington helped Memphis pull away.

Carney made five 3-pointers, including four in the first half, as Memphis shot 12-for-24 from beyond the arc. Memphis also shot 55.8 percent from the field, and converted 27 of 36 shots from the line.

The Tigers shot 9-for-17 from 3-point range in the first half, including four by Carney, to take a 45-38 halftime lead.

Providence guard Donnie McGrath scored a career-best 28 points. He fouled out with over 46 seconds left in the game and received a standing ovation as he walked to the bench.

Providence staying in contention in the second half and tried to whittle away at a double-digit deficit.

A layup by Robert Dozier with 14:59 remaining put Memphis up 62-49, giving the Tigers their biggest lead.

McGrath hit a 3-pointer with over 9 minutes left, bringing the Friars within six at 69-63. Hill made two free throws at the 5:45 mark to cut the Friars’ deficit to three points.

AP-ES-12-10-05 2246EST


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