Tigers Thwart Late Attempts by UAB, Survive to Win, 62-59
Jan. 7, 2012
Will Barton paced Memphis with his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and hauling in 10 rebounds.
Memphis held the three-point lead and had Wesley Witherspoon at the line for a pair of free throws with 16 ticks remaining in the game. Both Witherspoon free-throw attempts rimmed out, giving UAB a chance for the tie.
However, Chris Crawford blocked a three-point attempt by Jordan Swing. Witherspoon grabbed the rebound while falling out of bounds and threw the ball off of Swing to give Memphis possession with 1.2 seconds left.
Memphis attempted to throw the inbounds pass long, but it was picked off by Ovie Soko. UAB was able to call timeout with a mere .6-seconds remaining. But, Crawford secured the victory by stealing the in-bounds pass.
Adonis Thomas recorded 15 points on the evening on 7-of-8 shooting. Crawford chipped in 10 points and recorded three steals, including the game-clinching swipe.
With the Tigers holding the lead, 57-55, and 4:25 left on the clock, D.J. Stephens cleaned up a Will Barton-missed layup with a tip-dunk. Stephens was then fouled after corralling an errant-Blazer shot and connected on the front end of the one-and-one.
On the ensuing Tiger possession, Will Barton converted a tough lay-in, giving Memphis its largest lead of the game, 62-55, with less than two minutes remaining.
UAB responded with four quick points, a free throw by Quincy Taylor and a three by Swing, to cut the margin to three points. Barton was then called for traveling, but Thomas blocked Cameron Moore's layup attempt on the Blazer's next possession.
Witherspoon grabbed the defensive rebound and was fouled, setting up the final series of events.
A late three-point field goal by Preston Purifoy gave UAB the lead headed into the halftime break, 32-31. Will Barton notched 11 points, his 10th-straight game scoring in double-figures.
Despite shooting 52.2 percent from the floor in the opening frame, Memphis committed 10 turnovers, which were converted into 15 points for the Blazers.
Cameron Moore scored 20 points for UAB, but was held to just six points in the second half, all coming from the charity stripe. Swing added 19 points on the strength of 5-for-8 shooting from behind the arc.
The Tigers return to the Bluff City and will prepare for a 6:00 p.m. CT matchup with Southern Miss on Wednesday, January 11. Memphis holds an all-time record of 60-23 against Southern Miss and was won 17-straight games in the series.