Saturday’s game featured 13 players from the Memphis area on the two rosters (8 Tigers/5 Redhawks). Of those 13 Memphis area players, seven started tonight’s contest (3 Tigers/4 Redhawks).
Saturday’s game featured two of the nation’s top-scoring offenses. Entering the game, Memphis had the nation’s No. 21 scoring offense (83.7 ppg) and Southeast Missouri the nation’s No. 17 scoring offense (85.6 ppg).
Both teams also entered tonight’s contest ranked among the nation’s top-20 in assists per game. Memphis was No. 16 at 17.0 apg, while Southeast Missouri was No. 15 at 17.1 apg. The Tigers finished tonight’s game with 17 assists, while the Redhawks finished with 15 assists.
All eight players who saw action in tonight’s contest scored. That is the second time this season that all Memphis players that saw action in a game scored (at No. 7/9 Oklahoma State on Nov. 19).
Memphis turned the ball over 8 times, tying a season low. It was the third time this season that Tigers finished the game with single digit turnovers.
The Tigers are averaging 17.8 forced turnovers per game this year, having averaged 15.5, 14.1 and 14.9 during the 2012-13, 2011-12, and 2010-11 seasons respectively.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,021. In the countdown to the 4-million attendance mark in the 21st century, the Tigers now are under 19,000 fans away (18,931) 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.
The Tigers made only two three-pointers tonight versus Southeast Missouri. The last time Memphis made fewer than three-pointers was last season at UAB. The Tigers made only one trey in a 69-53 win over the Blazers in Birmingham, Ala.
Memphis improved its record versus the Ohio Valley Conference to 111-65 (.631 winning pct.).
Memphis vs. SEMO - Player Notes
Senior Chris Crawford played in his 106th-consecutive contest vs. SEMO tonight.
Crawford now has 395 career assists after finishing with three assists tonight. He takes sole possession of the No. 10 spot in Memphis history surpassing Penny Hardaway who now holds the No. 11 spot with 392.
Crawford made two 3-pointers tonight and has now recorded multiple baskets from behind the arc in six games this season.
Sophomore Shaq Goodwin led the Tigers with 20 points, the second time he has scored at least 20 points this year.
Shaq Goodwin netted double figures for the seventh time in 10 games this season. Goodwin only had 13 double-figure games all of the 2012-13 season.
Joe Jackson continued to climb the Memphis career scoring chart with his 16 points vs. Southeast Missouri Saturday. He remained in 15th place with 1,362 points. Up next for Jackson is Robert Dozier, who is No. 14 with 1,381 career points from 2005-09.
Chris Crawford, who went over 1,000 points for his career Dec. 13, moved up the Tigers career scoring list with his six points vs. Southeast Missouri tonight. He remains in the No. 46 spot with 1,018 career points.
Up Next for Memphis
Memphis takes a little time away from the court for the Christmas break, but 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.