Late Surge Lifts No. 16/15 Memphis Past UALR
Dec. 13, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tied at 48 with just over seven minutes to play, the No. 16/15 University of Memphis men's basketball team (7-1) used a 25-11 run to ruin UALR's (3-6) attempt at an upset win with a 73-59 victory Friday night at FedExForum.
In the win, senior Chris Crawford became the 49th Tiger in program history to join the 1,000-point club after a three at the 11:44 mark in the second half gave him his 1,000th career point. Crawford joins fellow senior Joe Jackson as the two current Tigers with 1,000 points.
Jackson and Shaq Goodwin led Memphis as each totaled 17 points apiece with 16 of Goodwin's points coming in the second half. Geron Johnson also reached double figures with a 13-point performance. Crawford finished the night with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
It was a slow start for the Tigers, beginning the game 2-of-15 from the field over the first 11 and a half minutes in the first period. UALR built a 7-1 advantage through the first four minutes of the game, and held the Tigers without a field goal until the 14:46 mark when David Pellom added a layup to make it 7-3.
The Trojans continued to hold a lead throughout the half, going on a 10-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to push the score to 17-5 with 9:20 to play.
Memphis began a comeback in the latter part of the half with Crawford forcing a turnover on a full-court press that set up a dunk from Johnson for a 17-8 game. Crawford then hit from long range before Johnson added a put-back to pull the Tigers within four, 17-13.
Treys from Jackson and Johnson knotted the game up at 21-all for the first time in the game with 2:43 to go before the Trojans answered with five points from Josh Hagins to push UALR's lead to 26-21. Following a jumper from Johnson to make it 28-24, Kemy Osse hit a three before the buzzer to put the Trojans up 31-24 at the half.
UALR began the second half on an 8-4 run with threes from Hagins and Will Neighbour to build a 39-28 advantage with 16:40 left to play.
Memphis ended the UALR run with a 5-0 spurt with a three from Johnson followed by a huge dunk from Goodwin to pull the Tigers within 39-33 with just over 15 minutes remaining. Back-to-back baskets from Goodwin and two free throws from Jackson inched the Tigers within two at 41-39 with 12:36 to play.
Memphis went on top for the first time since a 1-0 game after a triple from Crawford to go up 42-41 at the 11:44 mark. Crawford followed with another from long range to give Memphis a 45-41 lead before UALR's Devonte Smith converted a three-point play to end the Tigers' run. Smith knocked down two free throws to put the Trojans back in the lead at 46-45 with 9:42 to play.
Trailing by two, two buckets from Pellom and a three-point play from Goodwin gave Memphis a 53-49 advantage before a Jackson three pushed the Tigers lead to seven with less than five minutes to go.
Memphis continued to open its lead with baskets from Jackson and Pellom to make it 64-53 with 2:15 to play.
A three from Smith pulled the Trojans within 11 at 69-58 with 1:20 to go, but the Tigers hit their next four free throws to secure the 73-59 win.
Memphis heads to New York City on Tuesday to take on No. 19 Florida at Madison Square Garden for the Jimmy V Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.