Jackson Leads Tigers Past East Carolina, 75-68
Jan. 30, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Joe Jackson had a night to remember on Wednesday as the Memphis native became the 48th Tiger in school history to reach 1,000 career points, while also setting a career-high 26 points to help Memphis (17-3, 6-0 C-USA) to a 75-68 win over East Carolina (12-8, 3-4 C-USA).
The offenses struggled in the early going as ECU held a 6-2 lead at the 14-minute mark until Jackson ended a five-minute drought for the Tigers with a layup. The Pirates extended their lead with a three from Akeem Richmond followed by a point from the line to go up 10-4 with 13 minutes to play in the half.
Memphis took its first lead of the game at 16-15 when Jackson knocked down a shot from behind the arc with 6:56 to go in the half. ECU countered with two quick baskets to build a three-point advantage before Geron Johnson converted an and-one opportunity to tie the game at 19 with 5:39 to play.
Both teams traded baskets in the final minutes until Adonis Thomas added back-to-back buckets for Memphis to help the team go into the half with a 28-27 lead. Jackson led Memphis in scoring at the break with eight points while Thomas added seven for the Tigers.
With Memphis holding a 37-35 lead in the second half, the Tigers began to run away from ECU with Jackson and Crawford knocking down treys to give Memphis a 43-37 advantage. On Memphis' next possession, Jackson connected on his fourth three of the game and recorded his 1,000th point to put the Tigers up 46-37 with less than 13 minutes to play.
The Tigers continued to rain threes as Johnson got in on the act with a triple to give Memphis a 49-37 lead. The Pirates began to cut the Memphis advantage by going on a 10-2 run over the next 4:04 to make it 51-47 with eight minutes to play. A hook shot from Tarik Black ended the Tigers' drought to bring their lead back to six. A layup from Jackson and a dunk from Black extended Memphis' advantage to 10 with six and a half to play.
The Pirates weren't finished yet as they cut their deficit in half after two misses and a turnover by the Tigers. However, Memphis responded with six-straight points to go back up 11 with 2:26 to play. In the final minute, ECU made an 8-0 spurt after Memphis missed two free throws and committed a turnover. With the Tigers holding a 71-68 lead, Crawford hit two free throws to put Memphis up five with 14 seconds to play. After a missed three by the Pirates, Jackson knocked two more free throws to set a career-high with 26 points and help Memphis to a 75-68 victory.
Joining Jackson in double figures were Johnson, who tallied 13 on the night, and Crawford, who finished with 11 points. Goodwin grabbed 10 boards to lead the team while Stephens was stellar once again on the defensive side with four blocks.
Memphis returns home Saturday with a game against Tulsa at 1 p.m. at FedExForum. The game will be televised on CBS College Sports.