Prior to today’s game, the last time the two schools played was in 2010-11. Memphis won that contest 94-79 on Nov. 17, 2010.
Memphis vs. Northwestern State - Team Notes
Memphis football and basketball teams started games at the same time today (12 p.m. CT). The Tigers football team played at Connecticut in East Hartford, Conn., while the Memphis basketball squad hosted Northwestern State in Memphis. The starting temperatures at the venues were 38 degrees for the football game in East Hartford and 25 degrees for the basketball game in Memphis, Tenn.
With the win today, Memphis improves to 29-1 (.967 winning percentage) versus NCAA Division I schools from the state of Louisiana since 2000-01. The lone loss was a 64-55 setback to Louisiana Tech in 2004-05 (Dec. 20, 2004).Head coach Josh Pastner is a perfect 9-0 versus NCAA Division I schools from the state of Louisiana.
The Tigers now have a 36-5 record (.878 winning percentage) versus the Southland Conference. Head coach Josh Pastner is a perfect 7-0 versus the Southland Conference.
Memphis now has 165 wins at FedExForum (165-18) since the arena opened in 2004-05. The 165 wins by the Tigers at FedExForum are the most homecourt victories by an NCAA Division I program since 2004-05.
The Tigers have now won 15 consecutive games at the FedEx Forum.
For the third time this season, Memphis scored 50 or more points versus an opponent in the first half. The Tigers netted a season-high 56 points in the first half versus Northwestern State Saturday. Memphis also scored 50 or more first-half points in wins over Austin Peay (51 points) and Nicholls (51 points).
The last time the Tigers scored more than 56 points in a first half was when they netted 57 points in the first half versus Northwestern State on Nov. 17, 2010 – the last meeting between the two programs. Memphis won that game 94-79.
Memphis handed out a season-high 27 assists versus Northwestern State today. The Tigers had those 27 assists on 37 FG made. The 27 assists are the most for Memphis since the Tigers posted 28 assists against UCF on Feb. 13, 2013.
Today’s attendance was 15,605. In the countdown to the 4-million attendance mark in the 21st century, the Tigers now are just under 50,000 fans away (49,773) from reaching that mark. When the 4-milllion mark is reached, Memphis will be only the fifth school at the NCAA Division I level to do so, joining Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Syracuse.
The Tigers have scored 90-plus points in all three home games this season. This is the first time that Memphis has done that since the first three home games of the 1989-1990 season (99 vs. Tennessee State, 91 vs. Tennessee, 91 vs. Wyoming).
Memphis vs. Northwestern State - Player Notes
Sophomore Shaq Goodwin netted a career-high 21 points versus Northwestern State Saturday. His previous career best was 20 points in an 84-58 win over Ohio Dec. 5, 2012.
As a freshman, Goodwin scored in double-figures 10 times in 36 contests. This season, Goodwin has reached double digits in scoring five times in just seven games so far.
Senior guard Chris Crawford scored seven points before suffering an injury late in the first half versus Northwestern State Saturday. The senior guard now has 994 career points, needing only six to reach the 1,000 milestone.
Joe Jackson moved up the Memphis career scoring chart with his 18 points versus Northwestern State Saturday. He is now in 17th place with 1,312 points, moving ahead of David Vaughn with 1,305 points (1991-95). Up next for Jackson is the No. 15 spot currently held by both Alvin Wright and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway with 1,319 points.
Up Next for Memphis
Memphis takes nearly a week off from play for final exams Dec. 9-13. The Tigers return to game action Friday night, Dec. 13 and host UALR at 7 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum. The game is not scheduled for television, but can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.