Memphis Ends Season With Loss to No. 1 Seed Virginia
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Go Tigers!

March 23, 2014

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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).

Austin Nichols led Memphis with 15 points while Geron Johnson added 11 points and five boards. Shaq Goodwin contributed seven points and a team-high six rebounds and four assists.

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.


 

 

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