Memphis Falls Short at Xavier, 64-62
Feb. 26, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The University of Memphis men's basketball team (24-4) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half, but came up just short in a 64-62 loss to Xavier (16-11) that snapped the Tigers' 18-game winning streak.
Xavier owned the glass in the first half with a 27-14 advantage as the Musketeers totaled 10 offensive boards and turned those into 12 second-chance points.
The Musketeers took an 11-6 lead in the first four minutes of the game with Travis Taylor totaling nine points in the early going. Brad Redford added five-straight points for Xavier to extend its lead to 19-10 before Isaiah Philmore helped the Musketeers open up a 25-15 advantage with eight minutes to go in the half.
Xavier stretched its lead to as much as 12 before Joe Jackson knocked down a trey to make it 27-18 at the 3:53 mark. The Musketeers lead remained in double digits the rest of the half as the Tigers were limited to just one field goal in the final minutes to go into the half trailing 31-20. Thomas led Memphis at the half with seven points while Jackson added five.
D.J. Stephens kept Memphis in contention at the start of the second half with a block to prevent the Musketeers from going up 15. Stephens found the basket twice with back-to-back dunks to bring the Tigers within nine with 16:26 to go.
A three-point play from Geron Johnson pulled Memphis to 37-31 with 13 minutes to play. However, Xavier added two quick baskets to bring their lead back to double figures.
An 8-0 run by the Tigers brought them back within two as Johnson and Crawford drilled buckets from behind the arc. Xavier answered with a layup by Philmore to go up four before another triple from Crawford pulled Memphis within one with 8:21 to play.
After a Xavier bucket, Johnson kept Memphis' hot shooting going with a three-pointer to knot the game up at 47-all. Semaj Christon connected on his third-straight basket for Xavier to bring the Musketeers back on top before Johnson knocked down another trey to give Memphis its first lead of the game at 50-49.
The Tigers extended their lead to three off a Tarik Black dunk at the 4:52 mark. The Musketeers regained the lead with a three from Jeff Robinson to go up two, but Stephens answered on the other end with a trey to push Memphis back on top at 55-53 with 3:27 left.
A three from Redford pushed Xavier ahead by one before stretching its lead to three with one minute remaining. Memphis got back within one with two free throws from Jackson and had an opportunity to take the lead, but a missed three put the game back in Xavier's hands as the Musketeers hit two free throws for a 63-59 advantage.
Jackson added a layup for Memphis with two seconds remaining to cut the Tigers' deficit to two. The Musketeers hit one free throw to go up three before fouling Stephens with 0.7 seconds left. Stephens knocked down the first free throw but the Tigers could not capitalize on a putback from the miss on the second attempt, falling 64-62.
Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead Memphis while Jackson added 11 and Crawford totaled 10. Xavier scored 18 of its points on second chance opportunities while holding the Tigers to just four points. Memphis shot 41 percent from the field compared to Xavier's 38 percent, but was 33 percent (6-18) from the charity stripe while the Musketeers collected 15 points from the line.
Memphis is back in action Saturday when the Tigers face UCF at 12 p.m. CT in Orlando. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.