Memphis 67, Southern Miss 61
Feb. 12, 2011
This game marked the 85th meeting between Memphis and Southern Miss, tying the Eagles with Louisville for longest-tenured rivalry in the U of M's history.
The win was Memphis' 16th in a row against Southern Miss. The Tigers have yet to lose a home game to the Golden Eagles in FedExForum, and haven't lost a home game to the visitors in black since Dec. 27, 2000.
Freshman Tarik Black had his 10th career double-digit scoring effort, a yeoman-like 17 point effort.
Freshman Will Barton had his ninth double-digit scoring game in a row, finishing with 16 points.
This game was contested before 18,104 spectators, a high for Memphis games contested at the FedExForum this season.
For the second time in three games, freshman Joe Jackson did not have an assist after having at least one helper in each of the Tigers' first 22 games.
Sophomore D.J. Stephens set a career-high by blocking four shots. As a team, Memphis blocked 11 Southern Miss shots, one behind the team season-high.
For the first time since Jan. 29 at Marshall, freshman Antonio Barton did not make a three-pointer.
Transition Trouble: The Tigers are averaging eight points per game off turnovers in the last five contests.
Memphis moves to 16-2 when opponents shoot worse than 40 percent on three-pointers; Southern Miss went 4-for-18 against the Tigers.
The Tigers committed a season-low eight turnovers; in their last three contests, Memphis is averaging just 10.3 turnovers per game.
Freshman Chris Crawford led Memphis with five assists, the 10th time this season he's led the Tigers in helpers.
The Tigers finished with 36 rebounds as a team; Memphis hasn't broken the 40-rebound barrier since pulling down 42, Dec. 30, against Lipscomb.