With tonight’s win, UConn evened the all-time series with Memphis at 1-1.
Memphis won the previous meeting, an 81-70 victory in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic championship game (Madison Square Garden) in November of 2007.
Tonight’s game was the first meeting between the two programs on either team’s homecourt. It was UConn’s first visit to the city of Memphis. The Tigers will make their first trip to play at UConn Feb. 15.
Tonight’s Memphis-UConn encounter was the first between the two programs as conference foes.
Memphis vs. UConn – Team Notes
Tonight’s attendance of 18,039 was the largest home crowd of the season for the Tigers.
Memphis is now 22-2 under Josh Pastner when facing teams who are making their first trip to FedExForum.
The last time Memphis lost consecutive home games, and home conference games, was in the 2004-05 season. The Tigers lost 53-44 to Louisville on Feb. 26, 2005 and then lost against Cincinnati 62-60 on Mar. 5, 2005.
The last time Memphis lost consecutive home games by double figures was in the 1979-80 season. The Tigers lost 90-76 to Oklahoma Christian on Dec. 3, 1979, and then lost 87-72 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 8, 1979.
In tonight’s first half, Memphis made five 3-pointers, the second-most threes the Tigers have made in a half this season. Memphis converted six 3-pointers in the first half against Northwestern State on Dec. 7, 2013.
Memphis finished tonight’s game with 17 assists. The Tigers have posted 11 or more assists in every game this season.
Memphis forced 15 UConn turnovers in tonight’s contest. The Tigers have forced 12 or more turnovers in every game this season.
Memphis vs. UConn – Player Notes
Joe Jackson’s 11 points vs. UConn extended Jackson’s streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures. The senior guard has now scored in double digits in 14 consecutive games. Jackson’s 2012-13 16-game streak was the fifth-longest of its kind since 2003-04.
Jackson moved up the Memphis career scoring chart with his 11 points vs. UConn Thursday. He remained in the No. 13 spot and now has 1,440 career points. Up next for Jackson is Andre Turner, who is No. 12 with 1,442 career points from 1982-86.
Chris Crawford also moved up the Tigers career scoring list with his eight points vs. UConn Thursday. He moved up to the No. 40 spot with 1,069 career points. Up next for Crawford is Omar Sneed, who scored 1,072 career points (1997-99).
Crawford has now made a three-pointer in 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. Crawford’s last game without a made three-point field goal came against Siena on Nov. 28, 2013. He has at least one three-point field goal in all eight home games this season.
Crawford finished with two 3-pointers tonight, and has now made multiple three-point field goals in 10 games this season.
Crawford has now played in 112 consecutive games.
Senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. finished with 16 points in Thursday night’s contest. Dixon has now scored in double figures 11 times this season and in 67 games in his college career double figures.
Senior guard Geron Johnson matched his season-high with seven assists in tonight’s game.
Austin Nichols scored 13 points against UConn and has now scored in double digits five times this season, and has posted 10+ points in two of the last three games (10 points against Louisville on Jan. 9, 2014).
Up Next for Memphis
Memphis continues its four-game homestand when it steps out of conference to face NCAA Division II foe LeMoyne-Owen College Saturday, Jan. 18. The game, to be televised on SportSouth, is set for a 1 p.m. (CT) tip.