Rose Leads No. 2 Memphis Past Cincinnati
No. 16 Butler bests Bradley, No. 12 Vols top UNC-Asheville
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 12:58 AM CST
Memphis Derrick Rose tries to keep Cincinnati's Deonta Vaughn from passing in the second half of their basketball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Freshman Derrick Rose continues to blossom into an elite player, scoring a career-high 26 to lead No. 2 Memphis to a 79-69 victory over Cincinnati. The Bearcats, led by Deonta Vaughn’s 20 points, put up a tough fight but came up short, dropping their record to 4-6. The Tigers (9-0) are off to their best start in over 20 years, reports the AP. Elsewhere in college basketball:

  • No. 16 Butler, led by A.J. Graves’ 21 points, beat Bradley 83-64. The Bulldogs also got 17 points from freshman Mike Green to run their record to 10 -1.
  • Four different Volunteers scored in double-digits as No. 12 Tennessee defeated UNC-Asheville 86-73. Mike Graves led Tennessee with 24 points and became the school’s all-time 3-point shooter.