Memphis Ends Season With Loss to No. 1 Seed Virginia
March 23, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - A 20-4 run over the final 8:42 in the first half lifted the No. 1 seed Virginia (30-6) to an NCAA East Region semifinal berth after a 78-60 win over the No. 8 seed University of Memphis men's basketball team (24-10) Sunday night at the PNC Arena.
Memphis was held to 41 percent from the floor and 3-of-13 from behind the arc while Virginia shot 56 percent and was 5-of-11 from long range. The Tigers struggled from the line, shooting 43 percent (9-of-21).
Virginia had five players reach double figures, led by Joe Harris' 16 points. Anthony Gill came off the bench to record 13 points along with a team-high eight rebounds.
Memphis jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with baskets from Nichols and Goodwin before Virginia got on the board at the 17:29 mark. It was a low-scoring affair through the first 10 minutes as the Cavaliers held an 8-7 advantage after seven minutes of play. Nick King connected on two free throws before a putback gave the Tigers an 11-8 lead.
Virginia answered with a 5-0 spurt before Michael Dixon Jr. knocked down a three to put Memphis back on top at 14-13 with 10:28 to play in the period. After a layup by Dixon Jr. that gave the Tigers a 16-15 advantage, the Cavaliers went on a 20-4 run as Memphis missed 12 of its last 14 shots from the field to end the first half.
Back-to-back buckets by Virginia began the run before a Joe Jackson basket cut the Cavalier lead to one with six and a half minutes to go. Virginia then responded with a 10-0 run that included triples from Harris and London Perrantes to push the Cavalier lead to 29-18 with less than five minutes left in the half.
A dunk by Nichols brought Memphis within nine, but Virginia scored six-straight points to end the half and go into the locker room with a 35-20 lead.
In the second half, Memphis came within 13 after layup from Nichols, but the Cavaliers stretched their advantage to 21 after a layup by Malcolm Brogdon six minutes into the period.
A three-pointer by Jackson trimmed the Virginia lead to 18 midway through the half. However, the Cavaliers answered with five-straight points after a three by Perrantes to take a 64-41 lead.
Virginia continued to hold a comfortable lead in the final minutes of action as a Justin Anderson layup gave the Cavaliers their largest lead of the game at 75-48 with three minutes to play.
Memphis ended the game on a 12-5 run with seven points coming from Johnson for a final 78-60.