Memphis Dispatches In-State Rival Tennessee, 69-51
Jan. 4, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis defeated Tennessee, for the second time this season, by a final score of 69-51. Memphis (9-5) beat Tennessee (7-7) earlier this season in the Maui Invitational in double-overtime, 99-97. After being outrebounded, 49-34, during the first meeting, Memphis flipped the script on Tennessee, outrebounding the Vols, 36-26, the second time around.
Antonio Barton scored a team-high 19 points on the strength of 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Tarik Black recorded a season-high 18 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Leading-scorer and rebounder Will Barton was held in check, tallying 10 points and pulling down four rebounds.
With the exception of a skirmish midway through the second half, the players' for both teams kept their emotions in check during the in-state rivalry game. Will Barton picked up a steal off of the Vols' Trae Golden and hit Jackson up the left side. Jackson attacked the rim and drew contact from Tennessee's Wes Washpun, who picked up the personal foul.
Barton and Washpun ended up in a scuffle under the Tigers' basket and, after a lengthy review by the referees, each player picked up a technical foul for the altercation. Jackson knocked down one of the free throws to give the Tigers the lead, 49-37, with 8:10 remaining.
Over the next four minutes, Memphis used a 14-6 run to push its lead to 20 points, 63-43. Antonio Barton paced the Tiger spurt with a pair of three-point shots. The Tigers pushed the lead out to as many as 22 points over the final few minutes.
Tennessee finished the game shooting 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the floor, breaking Memphis' two-game stretch holding opponents below 25 percent shooting. The Tigers knocked down 47.2 percent (25-of-53) of their shots, handing out 18 assists in the process.
Despite going without a field goal for over six minutes midway through the first half, Memphis held the lead, 28-20, at the break. The 20 points by Tennessee marked the fifth-straight half in which the Tigers' opponent scored 30 points or less.
The Tigers held the Vols to 30.0 percent (9-of-30) shooting from the floor, while connecting on 40.7 percent (11-of-27) of their shots and holding a decisive edge on the boards, 22-13.
The 18-point margin is the Tigers' second-largest margin of victory in the rivalry. With the win, Memphis improved to 134-16 in its first 150 games at FedExForum.
Trae Golden was the lone Volunteer to score in double-digits with 22 points. Jeronne Maymon, who posted a 32-point, 20-rebound performance against Memphis in Maui, was held to nine points and nine boards.
Memphis opens play in Conference USA at UAB on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. CT. Including a pair of wins last season, the Tigers hold a 30-10 record against the Blazers. Memphis pulled out an overtime-road win, 76-73, in the first meeting and a 62-58 victory at FedExForum in the return game of the home-and-home season series.