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Jackson leads Memphis over East Carolina 76-56
Friday, Mar 11, 2011

EL PASO, Texas (AP)—Joe Jackson scored a career-high 24 points as Memphis defeated short-handed East Carolina 76-56 in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament on Friday.

Charles Carmouche added 19 points and Will Coleman 11 for the fourth-seeded Tigers (24-9), who face No. 3 seed UTEP in the championship game on Saturday.

Darrius Morrow had 25 points and 14 rebounds for No. 8-seeded East Carolina (18-15), which was without Brock Young, the C-USA sixth man of the year. The guard was unable to play due to a knee injury suffered against Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday.

Memphis shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half and 50.9 percent overall. The Tigers made 12 of 15 attempts from the free-throw line.

Jamar Abrams added 12 points for East Carolina.

In the teams’ only regular-season matchup, UTEP defeated Memphis 74-47 in El Paso on Feb. 26.

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 Top Performers
 East Carolina
Darrius Morrow Darrius Morrow
7-12,  25 Pts
14 Rebs, 1 Assists
Charles Carmouche Charles Carmouche
6-7,  19 Pts
5 Rebs, 4 Assists

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