No. 21/20 Memphis Pulls Away from Miami in Victory, 71-54
Dec. 6, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Sophomore guard Will Barton posted career-highs in points, 27, and rebounds, 14, while leading No. 21/20 Memphis to a 71-54 win at Miami. Sophomore forward Tarik Black added nine points and six boards and sophomore guard Chris Crawford chipped in nine points and handed out five assists.
Freshman forward Adonis Thomas scored six points, but hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds as Memphis improved to 5-2. Miami fell to 5-3 with the loss.
After Miami's Shane Larkin finished a driving layup to pull the Hurricanes within six, 55-49, Thomas sank two free throws and Stan Simpson converted on a layup to push Memphis' lead to 10 with less than five minutes remaining. The Tigers finished the game on a 16-5 run to put it out of reach.
Will Barton picked up the double-double, his second-consecutive and third of the season, when he collected an offensive board and finished the stick-back for his 16th point and 10th rebound at the 16:29-mark in the second-half.
The Tigers' second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Joe Jackson, was held scoreless until six-minutes into the second half when he knocked down an open three-pointer from the right wing. Jackson finished the game with eight points and three assists.
Despite connecting on only 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) of its three-point shots, Memphis finished the game 28-of-60 (46.7 percent) from the floor. Miami was held to 20-of-56 (35.7 percent) shooting, including 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from long-range. After being outrebounded in four of its first six games, Memphis held a decisive advantage on the boards, 41-33.
Memphis withstood a seven-point run by Miami and a shaky start before rallying to take the lead, 27-26, after the first half of play. Barton put on an offensive display in the first half, scoring 14 points on 7-of-14 field-goal attempts. The sophomore guard scored 10 of the Tigers' first 14 points and ripped down eight boards.
Kenny Kadji scored 12 points to lead the Hurricanes. Scott Durand and Trey McKinney Jones also scored in double figures, with 10 points apiece. Kadji and Durand both pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Memphis returns from Coral Gables, Fla., to prepare for a 5 p.m., Sunday evening tilt against Murray State at FedExForum. This will be the 61st meeting between the two schools, and the first since a 67-60 Tiger win in the 2002-03 season. Memphis leads the all-time series, 34-26.