No. 13/13 Memphis Runs Past Austin Peay in Season Opener
Nov. 14, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 13/13 University of Memphis men's basketball team (1-0) began the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back as it opened the season with a 95-69 win over Austin Peay (1-1) on Thursday night at FedExForum.
Austin Nichols got the Tigers' first points of the season as Shaq Goodwin fed him deep in the post for an easy dunk to go up 2-0. Memphis forced an early Austin Peay timeout at the 17:57 mark as three other Tigers contributed on the offensive side to build an 8-0 lead.
Trailing 10-2, the Governors reeled off five-straight points going into the first media timeout to cut their deficit to 10-7. Out of the timeout, Geron Johnson and Joe Jackson added two quick baskets before Chris Crawford hit from downtown to push the Memphis lead to 17-9 with 13:54 to play in the half.
APSU pulled within four after a three-pointer from Ed Dyson to make it 20-16, but the Tigers answered with an 11-2 run that was sparked by seven points from Michael Dixon Jr.
Midway through the half, Crawford connected on his third triple of the night to give Memphis a 34-18 advantage. The Tigers continued to keep their distance from the Governors, only allowing APSU within 14 points in the latter part of the half.
Dixon Jr. helped Memphis to a 45-26 lead with a jumper under the four-minute mark to push him into double figures. Crawford also reached the plateau one possession later with a layup to make it 47-28. At the half, the Tigers held a 51-29 advantage with Dixon Jr. leading the team with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
Memphis kept increasing its lead in the second half, going on a 7-0 run with baskets from Jackson and Damien Wilson and a three-point play from Johnson for a 62-35 score with 16:05 to play.
The Tigers continued to create offensive opportunities with their defense as Goodwin prevented an easy layup by Fred Garmon with a block, allowing Johnson to find Wilson on the other end for the slam.
The Governors put together a 6-0 run to pull within 21, but the Tigers answered once again with a 10-2 spurt getting six points from Nick King to make it 79-50 with 8:42 remaining. A dunk from Nichols pushed the Memphis lead to 31 before King answered again with a layup for an 83-52 game.
King became the sixth Tiger to reach double digits following a layup at the 3:13 mark that put Memphis up 93-62.
APSU cut into its deficit in the final three minutes as Memphis went scoreless for two and a half minutes before King got a bucket with 30 seconds to play to make the final score 95-69.
Jackson led the Tigers with 16 points and seven assists while Dixon Jr. added 15 points and four steals. King finished with 13 points while Johnson chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Crawford also added 11 points and eight boards while Goodwin rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points.
Memphis is back in action Tuesday when it travels to No. 8 Oklahoma State for a 7 p.m. (CT) tip-off in Stillwater.