No. 16/15 Memphis Cruises to 96-76 Win Over Northwestern State
Dec. 7, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 16/15 University of Memphis men's basketball team (6-1) continued their winning ways Saturday at FedExForum with a 96-76 victory over Northwestern State (3-4).
Shaq Goodwin posted a career-high 21 points along with six rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists to lead the Tigers. Joe Jackson added 18 points and five assists while Michael Dixon Jr. chipped in 14 points and four assists for Memphis. The Tigers shot 54 percent from the field while holding the Demons to 40 percent. Memphis assisted on 27 of its 37 baskets and outrebounded the Demons 47-35.
The Tigers charged out to a 10-3 lead through the first three minutes of the game, getting contributions from four different Tigers. The Demons pulled within three by the first media timeout with four-straight points from Sabri Thompson to make it 10-7.
Memphis stretched it to six as Dixon Jr. found Jackson for an alley-oop before Jackson connected on a three to build the Tigers lead to 16-9. The Tigers continued to distance themselves with Jackson forcing a steal from Dequan Hicks and finding Chris Crawford for an easy lay-in and a 21-11 lead with 12:44 left in the half.
NSU answered with a 5-0 spurt before Goodwin ended a 2:22 drought with a bucket to put the Tigers on top 23-16. Memphis extended its lead to 13 with three-pointers from Geron Johnson and Crawford to push it to 31-18 at the 8:58 mark.
A bucket from Hicks brought the Demons within 11, but that would be the closest NSU would get the rest of the half as Memphis ended the half on a 21-5 run, getting eight points from Dixon Jr. and six from Goodwin to go into the break with a 56-29 advantage.
In the second half, the Demons got within 21 following a basket from Patrick Robinson at the 16:41 mark to make it 59-38. However, Memphis stretched it back out with a fastbreak dunk from Jackson followed by a dunk from David Pellom and a three from Johnson to push the lead to 68-42.
The Demons cut down their deficit once again after a layup from Hicks brought them within 21 midway through the half. Memphis answered with a 9-2 run after a three from Nick King pushed the Tigers advantage to 82-54 with 7:48 remaining.
A dunk from Goodwin gave him a new career high of 21 at the 6:26 mark to put the Tigers up 86-56. NSU went on a 7-0 run to make it 88-67 with 2:56 before Dominic Woodson ended the Demon run with a basket to extend the Tigers lead back to 23.
Memphis would hold on to its comfortable lead the rest of the way to record its fifth-straight victory and fourth 20-plus point win of the season.
The Tigers return to FedExForum on Friday when they take on UALR at 7 p.m. (CT). The game will be broadcast online on ESPN3.com.