With tonight’s win, Memphis improves its series lead over Rutgers to 2-0.
The Tigers won the previous meeting against the Scarlet Knights 101-69 on Feb. 4, 2014.
Memphis at Rutgers - Team Notes
Tonight’s game was the first for Memphis in the state of New Jersey in 61 seasons. Prior to tonight, the last time the Tigers played in the state of New Jersey was the 1952-53 season. Memphis played at Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J., and dropped a 103-85 decision to the No. 1 ranked Pirates.
Memphis now is 6-1 against NCAA Division I opponents from the state of New Jersey. The Tigers are 2-0 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs. Princeton and 3-1 vs. Seton Hall.
The Tigers improved to 36-4 (.900 winning percentage) following a loss in the Josh Pastner era.
Memphis has not lost back-to-back games since December of 2011.
With tonight’s win, Memphis posted its 14th straight, 20-win season. It is the longest streak of its kind in school history.
With its 20th win tonight, Memphis joined seven other programs in the nation to have won 20 or more games each of the last 12 seasons (2002-03 to 2013-14). The other seven programs are Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
Memphis held their opponent under 60 points in a game for the seventh time this season. Rutgers is the fourth American Athletic Conference opponent to be held under 60 points by the Tigers.
Memphis at Rutgers - Player Notes
With the Tigers’ 20th win tonight, Josh Pastner posted his fifth-straight season of 20 wins. He and John Calipari are the only two head coaches in school history to have 20 or more victories each of their first five seasons as head coach.
Joe Jackson moved up the Memphis career scoring chart with his 11 points vs. Rutgers Thursday. He remained in the No. 9 spot and now has 1,594 points. Up next for Jackson is Bill Cook, who is No. 8 with 1,629 career points from 1972-76.
Chris Crawford also moved up the Tigers career scoring list with his five points vs. Rutgers Thursday. He remained in the No. 30 spot with his 1,162 career points. Up next for Crawford is Vincent Askew, who scored 1,171 career points (1984-87).
Including games while at Missouri, Michael Dixon Jr. has now scored in 100 consecutive games.
Austin Nichols has now scored in double figures eight times this season, and reached double digits in both regular season games against Rutgers this season.
Up Next for Memphis
Memphis returns home to FedExForum Saturday, Feb. 22 to face American Athletic Conference foe Temple. The game, to air on ESPNU, is set for an 8:30 p.m. (CT) start.