Memphis Routs UCF, 84-55, on Senior Night
Feb. 28, 2012
Will Barton finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds in his 10th double-double of the season. Senior Wesley Witherspoon turned in 15 points and seven rebounds in his final regular-season home game for Memphis.
Tarik Black was an efficient 7-of-8 from the floor while scoring 14 points, and Chris Crawford also finished in double figures with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.Joe Jackson finished with a career-high 10 assists to go along with nine points.
UCF led 6-2 early in the half, but Memphis responded with a 9-0 run to gain the lead, and the Tigers never looked back. Memphis was dominant inside early, scoring 12 of its first 13 points in the paint and finishing with 26 in the painted area in the opening half.
A hook shot by Tarik Black in the paint at the 9:51 mark put the Tigers ahead by double digits for the first time at 18-7, and Memphis would never let UCF get closer than 13 points for the rest of the game.
Senior Wesley Witherspoon canned a triple at the end of the first half - the first field goal for Memphis outside the paint - to give Memphis a commanding 33-18 lead at halftime.
AJ Rompza hit a triple with 16:05 left in the second half to cut the Memphis lead to 13, but Black responded on the other end with a putback regain a 40-25 lead for the Tigers.
Two more scores for Black inside coupled with a baseline jumper from W. Barton pushed the Memphis lead to 46-27 with 13:27 to play and forced the Knights to call timeout.
Eight-straight points from Will Barton - a pair of triples and a layup in transition - extended the Tigers' lead to 61-32 as Memphis put the game out of reach with just under nine minutes left.
Memphis kept the burners on and pushed the lead to 67-33 with 7:52 to play behind back-to-back triples from Chris Crawford and Barton as the Tigers would go on to close it out 84-55.
The Tigers will close out the regular season Saturday, March 3 with a road matchup at Tulsa. Tipoff is set of 11 a.m. (CT).