Memphis, Tenn, — Some of the best defense UAB could muster wasn't good enough against Memphis.
Darius Washington scored 26, and Rodney Carney added 19 Thursday night as the No. 3 Tigers overcame the Blazers' defensive pressure in a 73-66 victory.
"We mixed and matched our defense; some zone, some man," UAB coach Mike Anderson said. "I thought we did defend. They only shot 37 percent, but the thing about them is they are so long and athletic, they would just go get it."
Memphis (18-2, 4-0) moved into a tie with UTEP for the lead in Conference USA, while the Blazers (14-4, 4-1) fell a half-game back.
The loss snapped UAB's 10-game winning streak and its run of eight consecutive regular-season conference victories.
No. 2 Duke 80, Virginia Tech 67
Blacksburg, Va. - Shelden Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds. J.J. Redick added 24 points in his final college game in his home state.
Zabian Dowdell scored 21 to lead the Hokies. Deron Washington scored 12 before being ejected with 1:30 to play.
California 71, No. 10 Washington 69
Berkeley, Calif. - Leon Powe and Ayinde Ubaka combined to make five free throws in the final 36 seconds.
Omar Wilkes finished with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting despite foul trouble.
No. 17 UCLA 56, Oregon 49
Eugene, Ore. - Jordan Farmar and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute each scored 14 points to lead UCLA.
The Bruins (16-4, 6-2 Pac-10) outscored the Ducks 11-4 in the final 3:54 after the game was tied 45-all.