Tigers Run Away from Tulsa, 94-64
Feb. 2, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's basketball team (18-3, 7-0 C-USA) had little trouble in defeating Tulsa (12-10, 4-4 C-USA) with season-highs in points, three-pointers and blocks en route to a 94-64 win Saturday afternoon at FedExForum.
The win is the 12th-straight for the Tigers, a streak that ties for eighth in program history.
D.J. Stephens got the Tigers going early with nine-straight points on 4-of-4 shooting while adding two blocks to help Memphis take a 11-4 lead at the 15:41 mark. Memphis followed with a three from Chris Crawford and six-straight points from Shaq Goodwin to build a 20-7 advantage.
Tulsa answered with an 8-0 run over 1:04 off two treys from Pat Swilling, Jr. and a basket from D'Andre Wright to make it 20-15 with 12 minutes to play in the half.
Antonio Barton stretched the Tigers' lead back out with a basket from long range before a tip-in from Tarik Black to give Memphis a 25-15 advantage. Another Tulsa triple helped the Golden Hurricane cut their deficit down to five again before Memphis increased its lead with a jumper from Adonis Thomas followed by a layup from Damien Wilson to make it 33-24 with 6:23 to go.
The Tigers opened their lead further with a dunk from Stephens and a trey from Thomas to give Memphis a 45-30 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the half. Stephens added U of M's final four points of the half to go into the break with a 49-32 lead.
Stephens tied a career-high 15 points in the first period on 6-of-7 shooting along with nine boards and four blocks. Goodwin also reached double figures in the first half with 10 points.
Both teams started out cold to begin the second half with the squads making just one field goal apiece through the first media timeout. Memphis began running away with the game with three-straight baskets in less than a minute to build a 58-34 lead with 14:01 to go.
Back-to-back threes from Crawford and Barton and two free throws from Black gave Memphis a 66-39 advantage with 12 minutes to play. Crawford reached double digits with his third trey of the game at the 11:21 mark to push Memphis' lead to 30. The Tigers continued to rain threes as Wilson, Barton and Joe Jackson each knocked down triples to give Memphis a 79-44 lead with eight minutes to play.
Tulsa went on a 6-0 run to bring their deficit to 29 but Barton responded with two baskets to bring Memphis back up to a 32-point lead with less than six minutes to play. The Golden Hurricane would only get back within 27 the rest of the way as Memphis earned a 94-64 victory.
Barton led the Tigers with 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting behind the arc while Stephens had his second career double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in just 16 minutes of action. Also reaching double figures were Crawford, who recorded 12 points, and Goodwin, who added 10.
The Tigers had 25 assists on 32 field goals while the Memphis bench scored 50 points compared to Tulsa's 18.
Memphis begins a two-game roadtrip with a contest against SMU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Dallas.