Memphis Pulls Away Late to Beat Lipscomb, 85-75
Dec. 19, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After surrendering a 14-point lead to Lipscomb, Memphis used a 12-5 spurt over the last 4:44 to pull out the victory, 85-75. Adonis Thomas scored a game-high 18 points and hauled in nine boards for the Tigers who improve to 6-4 on the season. Lipscomb drops to 6-7 with the loss.
Will Barton chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Tarik Black added a season-high 13 points. Chris Crawford posted 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Joe Jackson and Antonio Barton rounded out the double-digit scoring for Memphis with 10 points apiece. The six Tigers in double-digits is the most by a Memphis squad since 2007.
Crawford found Will Barton for a crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunk early in the second half to push the Tigers' lead out to 11 at 57-46. Thomas' jumper in the lane with 8:04 left on the clock increased the lead to 71-57.
Lipscomb used a 13-2 spurt over the next 3:40 to cut the Tiger lead down to 73-70, with the Tigers being held scoreless for nearly three minutes during the run.
After the two teams exchanged a free-throw each, Crawford banked home a floater in the lane and Will Barton knocked down a trey to push the lead back to eight, 79-71, with 1:39 remaining.
Coming out of a Lipscomb time-out, Jordan Burgason finished a driving layup for the Bison, but Black answered with a pair of free throws to maintain the eight-point margin. Stifling defense by the Tigers forced a tough shot for the Bison's Robert Boyd, which Crawford pulled down before being fouled. The sophomore point guard calmly sank both free throws.
Jackson iced the game with two more from the charity stripe to preserve the Tiger win.
Memphis posted one of its best shooting nights of the season, going 33-for-58 (56.9 percent) from the floor and 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) from three-point range. Lipscomb went 28-for-63 (44.4 percent) on its field goal attempts and 10-for-25 (40.0 percent) from downtown.
After struggling for most of the season on the glass, Memphis held a decisive advantage on the boards, 39-27.
Burgason and Deonte Alexander each scored 16 points for Lipscomb. Alexander also picked up five steals in the game. Justin Glenn, Marvin Williams and Malcom Smith added eight points apiece.
A 15-5 run midway through the first half helped the Tigers build a 45-40 lead headed into the locker room. Barton and Thomas had identical lines of 10 points on 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) shooting.
As a team, Memphis connected on 63.3 percent (19-of-30) of its shots, but surrendered 48.5 percent (16-of-33) shooting to Lipscomb.
Memphis heads to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., for a 6:00 p.m. CT rematch against Georgetown. The Tigers fell in overtime to the Hoyas, 91-88, in a second-round matchup in the Maui Invitational. Will Barton and Jackson led the Tigers with 22 and 20 points, respectively.