Behind Stingy Defense, No. 21/22 Memphis Beats Jackson State, 70-45
Nov. 28, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - No. 21/22 Memphis scored 15 unanswered points to open the second half and never looked back on its way to a 70-45 win over visiting Jackson State on Monday night. Joe Jackson led all scorers with 15 points, and Chris Crawford added 14 points for the Tigers. Memphis improved to 3-2 on the season while Jackson State fell to 1-7.
Crawford scored eight points during the 15-point run to begin the second half of play, helping Memphis jump out to a 40-19 lead. After using four of its timeouts in the first half, Jackson State only had one left to use in the second half and was forced to use it during the opening spurt by Memphis.
A tightfisted Tiger defense forced 23 turnovers by JSU, tallying 36 points off of the miscues. Jackson State was held to 16-of-52 shooting (30.8 percent), while Memphis connected on 26-of-49 (53.1 percent) from the field.
Despite a season-high 10 rebounds from Stan Simpson, Memphis was outrebounded 36-29, continuing its struggles on the glass.
The U of M outscored JSU in points in the paint, 38-16, and fast break points, 24-2.
At the intermission, Memphis led 25-19 behind six points from Crawford and seven rebounds from Stan Simpson, who earned his first start of the season for the Tigers. Memphis shot the ball well in the half, going 11-for-24 (45.8 percent), but the rebounding woes continued. Jackson State outrebounded Memphis, 22-14, while only connecting on 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) shot attempts.
Leading 11-6 coming out of the under-12 media timeout, Memphis surrendered a pair of baskets to Jackson State's Jenirro Bush and a free throw to Raymond Gregory, tying the game. Antonio Barton responded with a floater from the right side of the lane to stop the run.
Adonis Thomas' layup with 7:38 left in the half ignited a 10-0 Memphis run over the next 5:35. Jackson State was forced to call four timeouts during the stretch that was ended by a pair of free throws by Kelsey Howard.
Bush led JSU in scoring with 11 points on 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) shooting. Kelsey Howard and Willie Readus each hauled in six boards.
Memphis returns to the hardwood on Saturday night, when Austin Peay comes to the FedExForum for a 7:30 p.m. CT matchup with the Tigers. Including last season's 70-68 overtime victory, Memphis leads the all-time series record, 15-4.