Memphis Drops Contest, 95-87, at No. 4 Louisville
Dec. 17, 2011
Will Barton recorded 28 points and 16 rebounds, both career-highs. With the double-double against the Cardinals, Barton now has four on the season and three in the last four games. Joe Jackson added 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Tigers.
Memphis (5-4) committed an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers, leading to 24 points for Louisville (10-0), which made only 40 percent (28-of-70) of its shots and just 30.4 percent (6-of-23) from beyond the arc. The Tigers connected on 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) field-goal attempts, including 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) from three.
Facing a 13-point deficit early in the second half, the Tigers responded to cut the margin to a single point, 53-52, with 12-minutes remaining. Sophomore Tarik Black tied the game on a stick-back and on the ensuing possession Jackson converted on an old-fashioned three-point play to give Memphis its first lead since midway through the first half.
After being careless with the ball in the opening 20-minutes of play, Memphis went the first 11-minutes of the second half without turning the ball over. But, miscues on consecutive plays allowed Louisville to score five-unanswered points to regain the lead, 68-63.
Jackson knocked down a pair of free throws and a three-pointer and Will Barton scored in transition to cap a 7-2 Tiger run to tie the game at 70. Louisville responded with an eight-point spurt to regain control of the game with under five minutes left to play.
Memphis was able to pull within six points, but another turnover led to a Louisville basket and the Cardinals secured the win by converting its free-throw attempts down the stretch.
Chris Crawford recorded 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Black finished with five points and six boards.
Louisville had five players score in double figures. Russ Smith finished with a team-high 24 points and Peyton Siva added 13 points and nine assists. Gorgui Dieng chipped in 14 points. Rakeem Buckles and Kyle Kuric round out the double-digit scorers for Louisville, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Smith scored 15 first-half points and Dieng added 10 points and 11 boards to pace Louisville to a 42-32 halftime lead. Despite Will Barton's 11 points and six rebounds, Memphis couldn't overcome 16 fouls and 10 turnovers in the half.
Louisville took an early six point lead in the game, but Memphis fought back to take its first lead, 12-11, after back-to-back baskets by Ferrakohn Hall and Jackson. The layup was the first basket for the Memphis-native Hall, who was playing in his first game after transferring from Seton Hall.
Neither team shot the ball well in the first half. The Tigers only converted on 9-of-31 (29 percent) of their field goal attempts. However, Memphis forced Louisville into 11-of-39 (28.2 percent) shooting.
The U of M has a quick turnaround between games, with the Lipscomb Bison coming to FedExForum on Monday for a 6 p.m. CT showdown on the hardwood. Memphis and Lipscomb met last season, an 88-70 Tiger win, after a 75-year hiatus between meetings between the two schools.