Balanced Effort Leads No. 15/14 Tigers to 77-65 Victory Over Southeast Missouri
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Dec. 21, 2013

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 15/14 University of Memphis men's basketball team defeated Southeast Missouri 77-65 at FedExForum on Saturday night behind two Tigers staples, balanced scoring and pressure defense.

All eight players who saw action on Saturday night scored for Memphis (8-2). Sophomore Shaq Goodwin led the Tigers with 20 points on the night, and also led the team with eight rebounds.

Senior Joe Jackson finished with 16 points and five assists, and has now scored in double figures in eight consecutive contests.

Geron Johnson added 10 points, while Michael Dixon Jr. and David Pellom each had eight points on the night.

Memphis forced SEMO into 19 turnovers and turned those turnovers into 24 points. The Tigers have forced 12 of more turnovers in all 10 games this season. In addition, the Memphis bench outscored the Redhawks bench 21-5 on the night.

Central High School Tyler Stone posted a double-double for Southeast Missouri (7-4), finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow Memphis native Jarekious Bradley finished with 19 points in the contest.

Memphis led for much the contest after a two-point deficit twice in the first half. The Redhawks hung around for much of the opening stanza, and The Tigers held an eight point lead, 38-30 at halftime.

Jackson led Memphis with 12 points in the first half, and was also six-for-six from the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes.  Memphis also forced eight SEMO turnovers and scored 24 of its 38 first-half points in the paint.

Stone led SEMO with 14 points in the first half on six-of-11 shooting, while Bradley added nine points for the Redhawks.

 The Tigers jumped out to a 6-2 advantage behind two baskets from Austin Nichols and a dunk by Johnson. SEMO then went on a 10-4 run to take a 12-10 lead at the 14:45 mark of the first half. Senior forward and Memphis native Tyler Stone scored five of the first 12 points for the Redhawks.

Johnson and Goodwin combined for the next six Memphis points to give the Tigers a 16-13 edge. Michael Dixon Jr. scored on a layup after Memphis kept the possession alive with two consecutive offensive rebounds, and Nick King made one free throw after a SEMO turnover to give the Tigers a 22-17 lead with 7:25 to go before halftime.

Bradley and Stone each made layups for SEMO to cut the Tigers lead to one, before Jackson scored six straight points to push the lead to 30-21 for Memphis. The nine point lead was the largest in the opening frame for the Tigers.

Stone scored five straight points to cut the Memphis lead to 30-26 and forced a Memphis timeout with 3:23 to go until halftime. The Tigers closed the first half on an 8-4 run to take a 38-30 lead into the locker room.

SEMO scored the first four points of the second half on layups by Stone and Bradley. Memphis responded with two layups of their own, one from Goodwin and one from Jackson, to push the lead back to 42-34 and force a Southeast Missouri timeout.

Memphis pushed the lead to double digits for the first time after a layup by Goodwin gave the Tigers a 49-38 with 14:23 left in the contest. The layup was part of a 10-2 Memphis run that extended the Tigers lead to 54-40, the biggest Memphis lead in the game up to that point.

The Redhawks scored eleven of the next fifteen points to cut the lead back to single digits. Stone made two consecutive layups to bring SEMO within seven at 60-53 with 7:57 remaining in the game.

The Tigers responded quickly with a 9-0 run in the next two minutes of game action. The run was capped by a three-pointer by Crawford and then an alley-oop dunk by Goodwin of a perfect lob pass from Crawford, giving Memphis a 69-55 advantage.

The Tigers held a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest. Dunks by Goodwin and Pellom in the final minute gave the Tigers a 77-65 victory.

Memphis returns to action Saturday, Dec. 28 with an 11 a.m. (CT) match-up with Jackson State (4-7). ESPNU is televising the Memphis-Jackson State contest.



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