Thomas Has Career Night in 71-59 Win over Marshall
Feb. 16, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The University of Memphis men's basketball team (22-3, 11-0 C-USA) held off a second-half rally by Marshall (11-15, 4-7 C-USA) to extend their winning streak to 16 games with a 71-59 victory Saturday night.
The Thundering Herd jumped out to a 10-3 lead with two three-pointers in the first two minutes. The Tigers stormed back with back-to-back dunks from Tarik Black to help Memphis come within one.
Adonis Thomas' three-point play at the 14:38 mark pulled Memphis ahead 14-13 before a triple in the corner pushed the Tigers' advantage to four at 19-15. The offense kept going for Memphis with a three-pointer by Thomas followed by a three-point play from Geron Johnson to give the Tigers a 25-15 lead with 9:39 to go in the half.
Both teams went cold from the floor over the next few minutes until Thomas knocked down a tough jumper in the paint before Ferrakohn Hall added back-to-back buckets to extend the Memphis lead to 37-22 with 2:02 to play.
The Tigers went into the half with a 43-26 lead, shooting 51 percent from the floor. Thomas led Memphis at the break with 15 points and seven rebounds while Hall came off the bench to tie a season-high eight points on 4-of-5 from the floor.
Marshall came out of the half on an 8-0 run as Memphis missed its first seven shots in the opening four minutes to make the score 43-34. Chris Crawford hit the Tigers' first bucket of the half at the 13:58 mark to build a 12-point lead for Memphis.
The Herd answered with a 7-0 run midway through the half to cut their deficit to five. Johnson helped spark the Memphis offense with a bucket from behind the arc to extend the Tigers' lead to 49-41. A tip-in from Thomas and five-straight points for Johnson pushed Memphis' advantage to 56-43 with eight minutes to play.
Marshall cut the lead down to 10 with a three from DeAndre Kane but Thomas helped Memphis with a basket in the paint to set a new career-high with 20 points and give the Tigers a 59-46 advantage. The Herd responded with three points from the line to bring it back to 10 before Joe Jackson knocked down a triple to reach double figures and extend Memphis' lead to 62-49 with 4:40 remaining.
A layup by Robert Goff cut Marshall's deficit to just eight but a basket from Jackson followed by a fastbreak dunk by Shaq Goodwin sealed a 71-59 win for the Tigers.
Thomas finished with 23 points and tied a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Jackson added 12 points for the Tigers while Johnson totaled 11 points and five assists.
Memphis returns home Wednesday when the Tigers face Houston at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on CSS.