Dec. 4, 2010
#14/15 Memphis (7-0) 77, Western Kentucky (3-5) 61
* This game was the first battle between the Hiltoppers and the U of M since a 1993 NCAA Tournament First Round battle, which Western Kentucky won, 55-52. It was the Tigers first victory against the Hilltoppers since winning, 86-80, at Western Kentucky on Dec. 5, 1977. It marks Memphis¡¦ first home victory against Western Kentucky since Feb. 2, 1977, in a 97-75 blowout. The win evened up the series between the two schools at nine.
* Freshman Tarik Black had a career-high four blocks, a season-best for a Tiger, to go along with a career-best 11 points.
* Sophomore DJ Stephens made his fifth career start and pulled down a career -high 11 boards to go along with his career-best 13 points for his first career double-double. He¡¦s now 8-for-11 from the field in his last two contests. The double-double is the second by a Tiger this season. Wesley Witherspoon had 24 points, 12 rebounds against Northwestern State.
* Memphis committed a season-high 17 first-half fouls and tied a season-high with 11 first-half turnovers. For the game, Memphis committed a season-high 21 turnovers, their first 20 or more turnover game since Dec. 20, 2008 in a 72-65 loss to Syracuse.
* Western Kentucky had their own ball control problems, turning the ball over 20 times. It marks the second time this season Memphis has hassled an opponent into 20 or more turnovers.
* Western Kentucky controlled the boards in the first half, pulling in 25, including 15 on the offensive glass, the most offensive boards Memphis has allowed in a half this season.
* Board Management: The Hilltoppers dominated the glass early, not allowing a single Memphis rebound until Antonio Barton¡¦s defensive board with 13:26 remaining in the first half.
* Sultans of Swat: Led by Black¡¦s career-high block party, the Tigers swatted a season-high 12 shots, the most since blocking 13 Houston Baptist shots on Jan. 3, 2010.
* The Tigers run of seven games in a row with at least one player collecting three or more steals came to an end, with Black, junior Wesley Witherspoon and freshmen Will Barton and Chris Crawford each managing just two apiece.
* The Hilltoppers extended their consecutive games with a made three-pointer streak to 713, but did not have their usual long distance prowess, going just 4-for-18 from beyond the arc. In their last two contests, Western Kentucky is now 8-for-38 on three-pointers, a 21.1 percent mark.
* Freshman Joe Jackson tied a career high with six assists; in his last three contests, Jackson is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor.
* Crawford extended his streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to six.
* The Tigers were 0-for-4 from three-point territory in the second half, the first time this season the U of M failed to nail a three-pointer in a half.
* Senior Will Coleman was three-for-three from the floor for seven points; in his last three contests, Coleman has hit 12 of his 14 shots from the floor.