No. 17 Memphis Cruises to 101-78 Win Over LeMoyne-Owen
Jan. 18, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 17 University of Memphis men's basketball team (13-4) had five players score in double figures as the Tigers handed LeMoyne-Owen (4-10) a 101-78 loss Saturday afternoon at FedExForum.
Nick King came off the bench to lead Memphis in scoring with 18 points. Austin Nichols (12), Geron Johnson (12), Kuran Iverson (11) and Shaq Goodwin (10) also registered double digits in the win. Johnson led the team with nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Tigers opened up a 10-2 lead in the first 2:17 following a three-point play from Goodwin. LeMoyne-Owen responded with an 8-0 run, getting points from four different Magicians, to tie the game up before a tip-in from David Pellom ended the run.
With the game tied at 12-all, eight of Memphis' next 10 points came from King to help the Tigers build a 22-16 advantage with 12:04 to play. Memphis pushed its lead to 10 with a dunk from Iverson and a steal and layup from Damien Wilson off the inbounds pass to make it 26-16 with 11:12 remaining in the period.
LeMoyne-Owen continued to stay in the game, putting together a 5-0 spurt after a three-point play from Demba Konate to pull the Magicians within five.
Memphis began to pull away the rest of the half as a Johnson three-point play pushed the Tigers' lead to 11 with 5:19 to go. Scoring from Iverson, King and Michael Dixon Jr. extended Memphis' lead over the next few minutes to 47-26 capped off by a three from Dixon Jr. The Tigers went into the break with a 52-33 advantage.
The Tigers began the second half on a 12-6 run with two triples from Chris Crawford to build a 64-39 lead. Memphis stretched it to 28 after a King bucket six minutes into the period before the Magicians pulled back within 19 following an 11-2 run over the next 2:09 to make the score 72-53.
A three from Dixon Jr. pushed the Memphis lead back up to 22 midway through the half. Daequan Mitchell-Fields brought the Magicians within 19 at 6:37 but that would be the closest they would get as the Tigers stretched their advantage to 26 after a jumper from Joe Jackson.
A free throw from Trey Draper pushed Memphis to the century mark for the first time this season at 100-76 in the final seconds as the Tigers claimed a 101-78 victory.
Memphis continues its homestand Thursday when the Tigers face Houston in a 7 p.m. (CT) tip-off at FedExForum. The game will be televised on ESPNews.