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#20/21 Memphis (5-2) 71, Miami (5-3) 54
December 6, 2011
BankUnited Center (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Memphis Postgame Notes
• Memphis now leads the overall series with Miami, 8-5. However, the game marked just the second win by the Tigers at Miami. The Hurricanes hold a 4-2 advantage at home against the U of M.
• Chris Crawford: 4 steals (tie)
• Will Barton: 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals (tie)
• Adonis Thomas: 10 rebounds
• Tarik Black: 6 rebounds
• Will Barton: 2 blocks (tie)
• Team: 13 offensive rebounds
• After going with the same starting line-up in the first four games of the season, Memphis has used a new starting five for the past three contests as the combination of Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Will Barton, Stan Simpson and Wesley Witherspoon is now 3-0 on the season.
• Memphis’ win at Miami was its first victory in a true road opener since the 2007-08 season, a 65-41 win over Middle Tennessee.
• Despite entering the game being outscored in second chance points by an average of 5.2 points per game, the Tigers posted their biggest margin of the year in that category with a 17-9 advantage. Memphis’ 13 offensive rebounds were a season high.
• With Will Barton’s 14 rebounds and Adonis Thomas’ 10 boards, Memphis had two double-digit rebounders in a game for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009 (Niles – 11, Coleman – 10 vs. Arkansas St.)
• Will Barton posted a double-double on the night with 27 points and 14 rebounds, his second-straight and third this season. Both numbers were career highs.
• Barton has now topped the 20-point mark five times in seven games this year and nine times in his career.
• Over the past two games, Barton is averaging 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
• Wesley Witherspoon’s scoreless night ended a streak of seven straight games in which he has scored.
• Miami scored the first seven points of the game as Memphis started 0-for-4 from the field. However, the Tigers responded with an 8-2 run to get within one point at 9-8.
• After Tarik Black scored the first points for the Tigers on a pair of free throws, Barton scored the next eight straight, including a dunk for Memphis’ first field goal of the night.
• Barton reached double-figure scoring for the night with 12:59 left in the first half on a dunk that gave Memphis its first lead of the game at 14-13.
• Barton outscored all of his teammates in the first half, posting 14 points to the rest of the Tigers’ 13.
• After a 31-31 tie with 17:18 left to play, Memphis broke open the game with an 11-4 run. The Tigers led the rest of the way to the 71-54 win.