Tigers Tame Bobcats, 84-58
Nov. 29, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's basketball team (5-2) had four players notch doubles figures and the Tigers used pesky defense to cruise by Ohio (6-2), 84-58, Wednesday night at FedExForum.
Both teams struggled offensively in the early going as Ohio led 8-4 at the 14:20 mark with two field goals while Memphis' four points came from the free throw line.
Ferrakohn Hall got the first bucket for the Tigers 30 seconds later, followed by a fast break dunk by D.J. Stephens from Geron Johnson to knot the game at eight. A minute later, Johnson gave Memphis its first lead of the game with a trey to put the Tigers up 11-10, a 9-2 run over three and a half minutes.
The Bobcats regained a 15-12 lead off a three from D.J. Cooper midway through the half before a two-on-one fast break for the Tigers ended with a huge dunk from Tarik Black to put Memphis ahead 15-14.
Trailing 20-16, Johnson would add two quick buckets for the Tigers, sparking a 13-0 run to take a 29-20 lead with less than four minutes to go in the first half. The Bobcats wouldn't let the Tigers lead get too large, responding with an 8-3 run to make it 32-28 Memphis, with two minutes to go.
The Tigers increased their lead right before the half with buckets from Joe Jackson and Johnson to go into the half with a 36-28 lead. Johnson led Memphis at the half with 13 points while Shaq Goodwin totaled seven points and six rebounds.
Goodwin helped the Tigers run out to a 46-34 lead in the second half as he scored all 10 points in the paint in the first four minutes of the half.
A three-pointer by Cooper brought Ohio's deficit to single digits at 46-37 before Johnson answered with a three of his own, followed by a layup to push the Tigers lead up to 51-37 with 15 minutes remaining. Memphis continued its hot shooting as Chris Crawford and Johnson knocked down threes to bring their advantage to 19 points at 63-44 with just over 11 minutes left.
The Bobcats would only get as close as 16 points just under the eight minute mark with a bucket from Reggie Keely. Memphis grabbed its largest lead of the game, 84-58, on the final basket of the game with a layup from Antonio Barton to get Memphis its fifth win of the season.
Johnson posted a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the Tigers, while Goodwin also added a career-high in scoring with 20 points while adding nine rebounds. Jackson led the team on the defensive side by recording five of Memphis' 12 steals on the night. Ohio was led by Cooper, who finished with 19 points, followed by Jon Smith who tallied 12.
Memphis will continue its homestand Saturday when the Tigers host Austin Peay for a 12 p.m. contest at the FedExForum.