No. 24/22 Memphis Holds Off Pesky Temple, 79-69
Jan. 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - A career-high 23 points from Shaq Goodwin and 15 points off the bench from Michael Dixon Jr. helped the No. 24/22 University of Memphis men's basketball team (12-3, 3-1 American) to a 79-69 win over a pesky Temple (5-9, 0-4 American) squad Saturday afternoon.
Goodwin finished 7-of-11 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line, and added a season-high 11 boards in the victory. In addition to his double-digit scoring performance, Dixon Jr. posted five assists and three steals. Joe Jackson reached double figures for the 13th-straight game with 10 points along with six assists and four steals. Chris Crawford also had a nice stat line with nine points, eight boards and eight assists.
Dalton Pepper led the Owls with 24 points and eight rebounds on 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Quenton DeCosey (18) and Will Cummings (11) also scored in double digits.
After Temple hit the first basket of the game, Memphis responded with an 11-0 run over the next 2:27 to force a timeout by the Owls. Temple began to cut into its deficit with a 6-0 spurt to make it 13-10 after a layup from DeCosey at the 13:23 mark.
The Owls continued to attack the paint and get easy looks as a layup from Cummings helped bring Temple to within two midway through the half.
Austin Nichols pushed Memphis' lead back to four with a basket down low, but Pepper connected from long range followed by two free throws to give the Owls a 21-20 lead with 7:41 to play in the period.
Both teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Dixon Jr. netted seven-straight points to put Memphis on top 29-24. Temple's three-point shooting kept it in the game to pull within two. After a Nichols bucket, the Owls got their next four points from the line to tie the game at 34-all with 1:06 to go.
Following two free throws from Goodwin, Pepper hit a three right before the buzzer to give Temple a 37-36 lead at halftime.
Jackson scored six of Memphis' first eight points to begin the second half, tying the contest at 44-all through the first media timeout. The Owls took the lead again with a 4-0 run to grab a 48-44 advantage before back-to-back buckets from Goodwin tied the game again.
Trailing by one, three-straight triples from Dixon Jr. and Crawford gave Memphis a 57-51 advantage with 11:31 remaining. After a Temple timeout, a Dixon Jr. steal led to a Jackson dunk to give the Tigers some breathing room at 59-51.
The Owls stayed in the game thanks to their three-point shooting, getting triples from Pepper and DeCosey to get within six with two minutes to play. A dunk from Pellom and two free throws extended the Tigers' lead back to 10 as they held off Temple, 79-69.
Memphis held an advantage in rebounds (45-28) and assists (21-10) while shooting 46 percent to the Owls' 42 percent.
Memphis returns home to FedExForum on Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT) when the Tigers take on UConn. The game will be televised on ESPN.