Memphis Wins C-USA Tourney Championship, 83-57, Against Marshall
March 10, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis claimed its sixth Conference USA Tournament championship in the last seven years with an 83-57 win over Marshall.
Joe Jackson led a balanced scoring attack for the U of M with 19 points on the strength of 10-for-11 shooting from the charity stripe. The sophomore guard also handed out six assists. By the game's end, the Tigers had six players score eight or more points.
Will Barton notched his 11th double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and hauling in a game-high 13 rebounds. Barton now has 1,046-career points, good for 40th on the Tigers' all-time scoring list.
Wesley Witherspoon added 11 points on 2-for-2 shooting from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line. Witherspoon now has 985-career points, leaving him 15 shy of 1,000-career points.
Ferrokahn Hall and Chris Crawford each scored 10 points, giving Memphis five players in double-digits. The 10 points for Hall is a season-high. Crawford finished the game with seven assists for the seventh time this season and the fourth time in the last six games.
Midway through the second half, Tarik Black raced toward the Marshall bench to save a ball from going out of bounds. Black injured his arm on the play and only saw 13 minutes of playing time. He made both shot attempts from the field and all four free-throw attempts en route to scoring eight points.
The Tigers shot 59.1 percent (26-of-44) for the game and made 92.6 percent (25-of-27) of their free-throw attempts. The Thundering Herd was held to 35.5 percent (22-of-62) shooting and only converted 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) free throws.
With the win, Memphis improves to 26-8 and Marshall drops to 21-13.
Memphis scored 45 first-half points and led by as many as 20 before taking a 45-27 advantage into the intermission. Joe Jackson led a balance Tiger attack with 11 points and both Will Barton and Wesley Witherspoon added nine. Tarik Black scored eight points, before picking up his second foul and sitting the last eight minutes of the frame.
Barton and Black were named to the All-Tournament team, while Joe Jackson was named Tournament MVP for a second-consecutive season. Marshall's Dennis Tinnon and Deandre Kane joined the Tiger trio on the all-tourney squad.
Kane led Marshall in scoring with 16 points and three asissts. Damier Pitts added 12 points and Shaquille Johnson scored 10. Robert Goff led the Herd with nine boards.
With the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, Memphis will await the selection show on CBS Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (CT) to learn its opponent. Check GoTigersGo.com for up-to-date information on the men's basketball team and all Tiger athletics.