Memphis Wins C-USA Regular-Season Crown with 78-66 Victory At Tulsa
March 3, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Using an 18-3 run to begin the second half, Memphis (23-8, 13-3 C-USA) claimed the Conference USA regular-season title outright with a 78-66 win at Tulsa (17-13, 10-6 C-USA) on Saturday. Will Barton, the leading scorer in C-USA, poured in a career-high 30 points to become the 47th Tiger to reach the 1,000-point plateau and only the ninth player to hit the milestone in just two seasons.
Barton entered the game 19 points shy of 1,000 for his career. After scoring 17 in the first half, the Baltimore, Md, native opened the second half with two free throws and cemented himself in the Tigers' record books. Barton also pulled down a game-high-tying nine rebounds.
Senior Wesley Witherspoon connected on 5-of-7 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from long range, en route to scoring 13 points. Witherspoon tied Barton with a game-high nine boards.
Memphis finished the game shooting 54.7 percent (29-for-53) from the floor with 19 assists to only 13 turnovers. Tulsa connected on 44.0 percent (22-for-50) of its shots.
Three Golden Hurricanes finished in double-figures, led by Jordan Clarkson with 18 points. Steven Idlet added 13 points and Scottie Haralson chipped in 10.
After Memphis built a double-digit lead early in the game, Tulsa put together an 8-0 run to end the half and cut the Tigers advantage to three, 37-34.
Will Barton went down 35-seconds into the game after a Tulsa player landed on his leg following a fastbreak layup. Barton returned to the game a moment later and scored 17 first-half points. Crawford dished out five assists and Jackson scored nine points.
The win gives Memphis a first-round bye in the C-USA Championship, which the Tigers are hosting at FedExForum beginning on Wednesday. Check GoTigersGo.com for the latest information on the Tigers and the C-USA tourney.