Second-Half Run Lifts Memphis to 82-64 Win Over Tulane
Feb. 15, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - A 16-1 run in the second half propelled Memphis to an 82-64 win over Tulane on Wednesday evening. Will Barton led five Tigers in double-figures with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The U of M found itself trailing, 45-41, four minutes into the second half when the Tigers' defense stiffened. Over the next 5:40 of playing time, Memphis held Tulane to one free throw and scored 16 points to take an 11-point lead.
The Green Wave were able to pull within five, but the Tigers pushed the lead back out to double-digits. Wesley Witherspoon tipped in a Chris Crawford miss with 20 seconds remaining to provide the 18-point final margin, Memphis' largest lead of the game.
With the win Memphis improves to 19-7 and 9-2 in Conference USA and Tulane drops to 15-10, 3-8 C-USA.
Tarik Black chipped in 18 points, on 9-of-10 shooting, in the winning effort. Crawford scored 13 points, handed out six assists and collected five steals, while only committing one turnover. Witherspoon, who gathered four steals, and Joe Jackson rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points apiece.
Memphis connected on 61.8 percent (34-of-55) of its shots, its highest field-goal percentage of the season, and held Tulane to 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from the floor. The Tigers' forced 20 turnovers, collecting 13 steals in the process and only committing 11 miscues on the evening.
Despite being held scoreless for nearly four minutes toward the end of the first half, Memphis only trailed Tulane by a point at halftime, 33-32.
The Tigers had a balanced attack with Antonio Barton scoring seven points and Black adding six. Both Crawford and W. Barton handed out four assists in the opening frame. Ricky Tarrant and Josh Davis provided the offensive firepower for the Green Wave, tallying 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Both teams shot 50 percent or better in the first half, with Tulane connecting on 52 percent (13-of-25) and Memphis knocking down exactly half its shots (14-of-28).
Tarrant finished the game with 20 points, only five in the second half, to lead Tulane. Davis scored 19 points and Jordan Callahan chipped in 12.
The Miners of UTEP come to Memphis for a noon tip-off at FedExForum with the Memphis Tigers. The U of M won last season's meeting in El Paso, Texas, 67-66.