Memphis Drops 84-75 Decision to Minnesota
Nov. 23, 2012
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game before Minnesota got on the board with a three-point play by Rodney Williams Jr. After a bucket by Shaq Goodwin to make it 10-5 Memphis at the 16-minute mark, Minnesota answered with four-straight points to inch closer to the Tigers at 10-9.
Memphis continued to stretch out its lead with back-to-back baskets from Tarik Black and Adonis Thomas, but another three-point play by the Golden Gophers brought them within two at 14-12 with 14 minutes remaining in the half.
Minnesota took its first lead of the game at the 13:13 mark after a dunk by Williams to give the Golden Gophers a 17-16 advantage before a free throw by Antonio Barton knotted the game at 17-all.
The Golden Gophers got back in the lead as they built a 14-3 run to get their largest lead up until that point at 23-17. Black ended nearly a four-minute scoreless streak for the Tigers with a jumper at the 9:26 mark to bring the Tigers within four before a pair of free throws from Thomas helped Memphis pull back within two at 23-21.
Late in the first half, D.J. Stephens was a sparkplug off the bench for the Tigers, knocking down two treys to keep the Tigers in striking distance. With just over three minutes to go in the half, a pair of free throws from Stephens gave Memphis back the lead at 36-35.
Minnesota relied on Andre Hollins in the final three minutes of play as the guard reeled off 10-straight points for the Golden Gophers to give them a 47-42 lead going into the half. Hollins led all scorers at the break with 24 points while the Tigers were led by Stephens with 12 points, one off his career-high.
In the second half, Minnesota opened up a seven-point lead with a jumper by Joe Coleman before Thomas answered with a basket of his own for his 10th-point of the afternoon to make it 58-53 Minnesota with 13 minutes left.
Midway through the second half, both teams continued to trade baskets. In a two-minute span, Goodwin added six-straight points for the Tigers to help them stay within six at 65-59.
The Tigers continued rallying, cutting the Minnesota lead to two with a dunk by Black to make it 67-65 with just over seven minutes to play.
With six minutes remaining, Stephens set a new career-high with his 15th-point, knocking down his third three of the game to give Memphis its first lead since the 2:47 mark in the first half at 68-67. Minnesota responded with a 6-0 run to take a 73-68 lead with under four minutes to play.
Black brought the Minnesota lead down to three with a basket at the 2:30 mark. The Tigers had a chance to trim their deficit down but three missed free throws and two missed shots prevented Memphis from getting any closer as the Golden Gophers converted on 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute and a half to come out with an 84-75 win.
Stephens led the Tigers with 15 points, shooting 3-of-3 from behind the arc, while adding seven rebounds. Black finished with 13 points for Memphis on 6-of-9 shooting while Goodwin and Thomas each added 12 points. Goodwin led Memphis with eight boards.
Hollins finished with 41 points for the Golden Gophers, shooting 75 percent from the field.
Memphis will now face Northern Iowa tomorrow at 12 p.m. (CT) in the final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The game will be shown on AXS.TV.