Three-point Barrage Leads Memphis to 79-45 Victory Over UAB
Feb. 11, 2012
Will Barton and Chris Crawford led the Tigers with 16 points apiece and Antonio Barton joined them in double figures with 10, as seven Tigers scored at least nine points. Wesley Witherspoon, Tarik Black and Joe Jackson all finished the contest with nine points in Memphis' biggest home win in C-USA under Josh Pastner.
Memphis missed its first shot but connected on its next six from the floor as it built a 15-5 lead in the first four-plus minutes of the game. The Tigers used triples from Crawford as well as Will and Antonio Barton all connected from long range in the early run.
The Tigers continued to knock down the triples, making 8-of-9 from downtown in the first 12 minutes of the game, while extending the lead to 23 points, 34-11. UAB knocked down two consecutive bombs to cut the advantage to 34-17, but Joe Jackson responded with two free throws to end the mini-run by the Blazers.
Just as it appeared Memphis had gone cold from beyond the arc, A. Barton connected on his third triple and Crawford made his fourth to put Memphis ahead 42-19. DJ Stephens capped the first-half barrage of triples from Memphis, and the Tigers took a 47-21 advantage into the locker room..
Preston Purifoy led a struggling first-half UAB offense with eight points as the Blazers finished the first period with a meager 33.3 shooting percentage. The Tigers held a 15-5 advantage on the boards in the first half while making 12 assists on 16-made field goals.
Memphis cooled off slightly, missing its first four shots of the half before W. Barton ended the drought on an alley-oop dunk from Crawford. Tarik Black finished an old-fashioned three-point play on the next possession and W. Barton made the Tigers' first three of the second half to push the lead to 56-29 with 13:57 left in the game.
Purifoy made his fourth triple of the night with just under ten minutes left to cut the Memphis lead to 62-41, but Crawford came up with a steal on the next Blazer trip and converted it into a one-handed jam on the other end to ignite the crowd at FedExForum. Tarik Black then converted two layups down low to extend the Memphis advantage to 27 as the Tigers led, 68-41, with 8:10 to play.
Memphis was too much in the end as Black scored four-straight and W. Barton made two more free throws to put Memphis ahead, 74-41. Stephen's second triple of the night pushed the lead to 36 - the largest of the night - and the Tigers would go on to win, 79-45.
Purifoy led the Blazers with 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting, and Taylor chipped 12 points on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting clip. No other UAB player scored more than six points as the Blazers recorded their lowest point total since falling 48-41 to UCF on Jan. 21.
Memphis' 11 three pointers made in the first half tied a program best for three's in a half. The last time the Tigers made 11 triples in a half was this season against Austin Peay.
The Tigers will hit the road for a midweek conference matchup against Tulane in New Orleans, La. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) on Wed., Feb. 15 at Fogelman Arena.