Williams and Garcia Lead Tigers Past Golden Hurricane In Offensive Shooutout in Tulsa, 93-86
Feb. 13, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - Elliot Williams and Angel Garcia led the Memphis Tigers to a 93-86 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Sat., Feb. 13 at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Tigers improve to 18-7 (8-2 C-USA) with the victory, while the Golden Hurricane falls to 19-6 (8-3 C-USA). Memphis is now 19-12 all-time in the series against Tulsa. The Tigers have won the last 11 meetings.
Memphis tied their best offensive performance of the season with 93 points, tying their season-high against Houston Baptist. The Tigers shot 54-percent from the field, 42.9-percent from beyond the arc and 83.3-percent from the free-throw line.
Memphis has scored over 90 points on four occasions this season, twice in Conference USA play. Coming into Saturday's game, Tulsa had not allowed a Conference USA opponent to score over 70 points against them. In the previous three meetings between Tulsa and Memphis, neither opponent scored over 60 points, with the Tigers holding Tulsa to under 40 points twice last season. Coming into the game, the most points Memphis had given up was 77 points against Houston.
Williams, a sophomore guard who transferred to Memphis from Duke, finished the game with 27 points, his highest point total since scoring 32 points against Rice on Jan. 16. Williams set a career high with 13 made free-throws. He has now hit over 10 free-throws in five games this season.
Garcia, who is only in his third game back from an ACL tear suffered prior to the season, scored 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field. Garcia was expected to miss the season due to the torn ACL but made a quicker recovery than expected. Prior to Saturday's game, Garcia had three points in his career.
Doneal Mack chipped in with 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field.
Roburt Sallie led the way on the boards with a career-high eight rebounds.
Tulsa was led by a career night by Bishop Wheatley. The Golden Hurricane forward had a career-high 21 points. He was aided by guard Ben Uzoh, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds and Jerome Jordan with 19 points and six rebounds, including 15 second-half points.
The Memphis Tigers shot 60-percent from the field in the first half to help them to a 46-32 lead over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the first half. The Tigers were led by 14 points on five-of-seven from the field Williams. Williams also chipped in three assists and three rebounds in the first half.
Garcia, a native of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, scored seven points in the opening period including an NBA-range three-point jumper as time expired in the first half. The Tigers held senior Jordan, averaging 15 points and eight rebounds coming into Saturday's contest, to four points, two rebounds and three blocks in the first half.
Uzoh and Wheatley attempted to pick up the slack for Jordan in the first half. Wheatley finished the opening period with nine points and three rebounds. Uzoh had eight points and four rebounds in the first half.
Neither team turned over the ball much in the first half, with Memphis having only two turnovers and Tulsa only having five turnovers, but the Tigers took advantage of Tulsa's turnovers capitalizing for 11 points.
The Tigers held the Golden Hurricane, who came in third in the league in three-point shooting percentage without a three-pointer in the first half. Tulsa was 0-7 from beyond the arc in the opening period.
Memphis ended the second half with a 11 to one run over the last three minutes of the period.
Down 46-32 at half, the Golden Hurricane erased the 14-point deficit when they raced to a 11-0 run coming out of the locker room. The U of M ended their second-half scoring drought when Garcia hit a three-pointer at the 15:39 mark. The Tigers went over four minutes without scoring a basket in the second half.
Tulsa followed their original run with another 6-0 run to tie the game at 49-49 on a Justin Hurtt three-pointer at the 14:20 mark, but Memphis' Garcia again stopped the run with a converted jumper.
Hurtt hit another three-pointer to give Tulsa the lead 52-51 with 12:53 left in the second half but Memphis' Williams countered with his first points of the second half on a three-point play for the Tigers, to give Memphis a 54-52 led over the Golden Hurricane.
The Tigers settled into an offensive groove over the rest of the second half, scoring 39 points in the final 12 minutes of the half after scoring only eight points to open the period to help them to victory on Saturday night over the Golden Hurricane.
Memphis returns to the court on Feb. 17, when they face Tulane at 6 p.m., in New Orleans, La. The game will be aired on CSS.