Stifling Defense Helps Memphis Bury Houston, 89-55
Jan. 14, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - Memphis (12-5, 3-0) held Houston (9-8, 1-3) scoreless for a stretch of 7:38 during the second half and defeated the Cougars, 89-55, on Saturday night. Chris Crawford scored 19 points, including 15 from long-range, and dished out four assists. Will Barton recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards.
After the Cougars cut the Tigers' lead to single-digits, 47-39, with 16:34 remaining, Memphis responded with an 18-0 run. Houston was held without a field goal for a span of 11:02, including the nearly eight-minute scoreless stretch.
On the evening, Memphis limited Houston to a mere 33.9 percent (19-of-56) shooting and 8.3 percent (1-for-12) from beyond the arc. Memphis hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot over 40 percent in a game since Georgetown connected on 43.1 percent (22-of-51), a six-game streak in which Memphis has won each contest.
The Tigers connected on 55.7 percent (34-of-61) of its field goal attempts and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from three-point territory. Memphis dominated nearly every statistical category, rebounds (41-31), points in the paint (48-28), fast break points (20-6), points off turnovers (21-8) and bench points (34-19).
Memphis knocked down 50 percent (15-of-30) of its first half shots and Will Barton tallied seven points and seven boards en route to building an 11-point lead, 41-30, at the halftime break. Houston only connected on 36.7 percent (11-of-30) of its field goal attempts, the third-straight half in which the Tigers' opponent has been held below 40 percent.
Alandise Harris led Houston with 18 points and Jonathon Simmons added 16.
Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Orlando, Fla., for a Conference USA contest against UCF at 7:00 p.m. (CT). Check GoTigersGo.com for updates on men's basketball and all Tiger athletics.