Prior to today’s game, the last time the two schools played was in 2009-10 (Josh Pastner’s first season as Tigers head coach). Memphis won that contest 83-71 Dec. 12, 2009. It was Pastner’s first road win as the Tigers head coach.
In four home games at FedExForum in the 2013-14 season, Memphis is averaging 90.5 points per game. This is the 11th time in program history that the Tigers have averaged 90-plus points per game in their first four home games. The 1955-56 Memphis Tigers hold the school record for points per game in the first four home contests, averaging 102.5 points per game in the first four home games of that season.
Through eight games, Memphis is averaging 84.8 points. The last time the Tigers averaged over 80 points per game over the season was in 2005-06.
Memphis improves to 4-0 at home, with a margin of victory of 24.8 points so far at FedExForum.
Memphis improved its Friday the 13th record since World War II to a perfect 6-0. Josh Pastner began his Tigers and college head coaching career on a Friday the 13th in 2009-10 (Nov. 13, 2009). Memphis won that game 82-53 over Jackson State.
With the win tonight, Memphis improves to 51-40 (.560 winning percentage) versus NCAA Division I schools from the state of Arkansas all-time.
Head coach Josh Pastner is a perfect 5-0 versus NCAA Division I schools from the state of Arkansas.
The Tigers now have a 74-38 record (.661 winning percentage) versus the Sun Belt Conference. Head coach Josh Pastner is a perfect 5-0 versus the Sun Belt Conference.
Memphis now has 166 wins at FedExForum (166-18; .902 winning percentage) since the arena opened in 2004-05. The 166 wins by the Tigers at FedExForum are the most home court victories by an NCAA Division I program since 2004-05.
The Tigers had their lowest first-half offensive output of the season to date with 24 points. The last time Memphis scored fewer first-half points was in a 56-54 win at UTEP last season (Mar. 5, 2013). The Tigers were tied with UTEP at 22-all at the half.
UALR led 31-24 at halftime. The last time Memphis trailed at halftime at FedExForum was on Jan. 22, 2013 against Tulane. The Green Wave led 36-30 at halftime, but Memphis won the contest 71-60.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,821. In the countdown to the 4-million attendance mark in the 21st century, the Tigers now are under 35,000 fans away (33,952) 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.
This is the third come-from-behind victory for Memphis this season. Memphis also trailed at halftime against LSU (Nov. 29) and Oklahoma State (Dec. 1) before coming back to win both games.
Memphis has posted 11 or more assists in all eight games this seasons. The Tigers are averaging 17 assists per game after finishing with 16 helpers in Friday night’s victory.
Memphis vs. UALR - Player Notes
Despite suffering an ankle sprain in the Dec. 7 win over Northwestern State, senior guard Chris Crawford played in his 104th-consecutive contest vs. UALR tonight.
Chris Crawford went over 1,000 points for his career vs. UALR tonight. After his nine points tonight, he now has 1,003 career points. Crawford is the 49th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points.
Crawford finished 3-for-8 on three pointers in tonight’s victory. Tonight marks the fourth time this season and the 28th time of his career that Crawford has finished with three or more three pointers in a game.
Joe Jackson moved up the Memphis career scoring chart with his 17 points vs. UALR Friday. He is now in 15th place with 1,329 points, moving ahead of Alvin Wright and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway (both with 1,319 points). Up next for Jackson is Robert Dozier, who is No. 14 with 1,381 career points from 2005-09.
Geron Johnson finished with a season-high 13 points and posted double figures for the second time this season.
Shaq Goodwin finished with 17 points, his sixth time scoring in double figures in just eight games this season.
David Pellom finished with season-highs in both points (eight) and rebounds (six).
Up Next for Memphis
Memphis returns to action against Florida Dec. 17 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Tigers-Gators, top-25 match-up is scheduled to tip off after 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.