No. 24/22 Memphis Upsets No. 12/8 Louisville on the Road
Jan. 9, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A 7-0 run by the No. 24/22 University of Memphis men's basketball team (11-3, 2-1 American) in the final 1:24 lifted the Tigers to a 73-67 win over No. 12/8 Louisville (13-3, 2-1 American) on Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center. The win over the Cardinals was the first for Memphis since the 2004-05 season when the Tigers won 85-68.
All five Memphis starters reached double figures with Shaq Goodwin and Joe Jackson leading the Tigers with 15 points apiece. Goodwin added eight boards while Jackson dished out six assists. Geron Johnson posted his second career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Crawford totaled 12 points on 3-of-3 shooting from behind the arc, while Austin Nichols also reached double digits with 10 points and seven boards.
Louisville was led by Luke Hancock, who had 20 points, while Russ Smith (19) and Montrezl Harrell (14) also added double figures.
With Louisville holding a 67-66 lead, two free throws from Johnson put Memphis up for good with 1:24 left. After a miss from Smith, Jackson extended the Tigers' lead to 70-67 with 39 ticks on the clock.
A missed three from Hancock would force Louisville to foul Jackson, who made one-of-two from the line for a 71-67 game with 18 seconds to play. The Cardinals would not be able to capitalize in the final seconds as Memphis took the 73-67 win.
Memphis never trailed during the first half as the Tigers jumped out to a 9-4 lead through the first minutes of play. The Tigers increased their lead to 18-12 at the 9:26 mark after two free throws from Michael Dixon Jr., but the Cardinals stayed close thanks to Hancock, who totaled 14 first half points to lead Louisville.
With Memphis holding a 23-18 advantage following a Nichols jumper, Hancock scored five-straight points to knot it up for the first time during the game with 6:43 to go.
Crawford began a 7-0 run for Memphis with a three-pointer before baskets from Goodwin and Jackson to extend the Tigers' lead to 32-25 with less than four minutes left in the half.
The Cardinals answered with an 8-2 spurt over the next minute and a half with treys from Smith and Terry Rozier to pull within one at 34-33. A jumper from Dixon Jr. gave the Tigers a 36-33 lead at the half.
Louisville began the second half on a 10-3 run to take a 43-39 advantage six minutes out of the break. Memphis tied the game with back-to-back buckets from Jackson before a three from Johnson put the Tigers back on top, 48-45, with 10:50 remaining.
The Cardinals regained the lead after a three-pointer from Smith to go up by two before two free throws from the charity stripe by Hancock pushed the Louisville lead back to four with 7:40 to play.
Trailing by six with five and a half minutes to go, the Tigers began to cut down their deficit with a 9-3 run capped off by a three-point play from Johnson to tie the game at 64-all with 3:13 to play. The Tigers biggest deficit would be just one point in the final three minutes on their way to a 73-67 victory.
Memphis continues its road swing Saturday when the Tigers face Temple in Philadelphia at 2 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on ESPN2.