Tigers Surge Past Greyhounds, 78-64
Dec. 30, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's basketball team (9-3) collected 29 points from the free throw line and finished the game shooting 45 percent from the floor to get past Loyola, Md. (9-5), 78-64, Sunday night at FedExForum.
The Tigers opened up a 16-8 lead in the first five minutes of the game with three treys and a three-point play from Geron Johnson. Joe Jackson knocked down two from outside in the early going while Johnson added the other Memphis triple to get Memphis out to a quick start.
Memphis extended its lead to 20-10 before Loyola reeled off six quick points off two Tigers turnovers to make it 20-16 with 13 minutes to go in the half. Damien Wilson gave the Tigers some cushion with a three-point play on a drive to the basket followed by a trey from Antonio Barton to give Memphis a 26-16 advantage.
Loyola kept in the game with its offensive rebounding, holding a 14-1 advantage, to come back within five at 30-25 with eight minutes to play. The Greyhounds would get within two before a free throw by Adonis Thomas and a steal to find Jackson extended the Memphis lead back to five.
The Greyhounds would stay in it with a three from Robert Olson to make it 33-31 Memphis with four minutes left. The Tigers would get their final points of the half from the free throw line to go into the break up 37-33.
Jackson led Memphis at the half with 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting while Johnson added eight for the Tigers.
Loyola tied it up in the first 30 seconds of the second half with a bucket from Erik Etherly and a quick steal and layup by Dylon Cormier to knot it at 37. The Tigers responded with a 5-0 run with a jumper from Thomas and three points from the charity stripe to push their lead to 42-37. Etherly kept the Greyhounds close with back-to-back baskets to bring them back within one with just over 17 minutes remaining.
Memphis began a 9-0 run midway through the half with seven points coming from Shaq Goodwin to go up 62-52. The Tigers increased their lead to 12 with a monstrous alley-oop play from Jackson to D.J. Stephens to get the crowd on their feet.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 14 at the 5:21 mark with a three-point play from Barton to make it 72-58. The Greyhounds would only back within 12 in the final minutes as Memphis forced three turnovers and held Loyola to just two field goals in the last five minutes to get a 78-64 win.
Jackson finished with 22 points, two shy of his career high, on 5-of-6 shooting while also dishing out seven assists. Goodwin totaled 12 points in the second half to finish with 15 points on the night while Johnson added 10 points and a career-high three blocks.
Loyola was led by Cormier, who had 25 points on 10-of-20 from the floor. Etherly chipped in 15 points and Olson tallied 11 for the Greyhounds.
The Tigers held an advantage in assists (18-7), blocks (9-6) and steals (10-8) while Loyola outrebounded Memphis 42-29 with 23 offensive boards.
Memphis returns to action Friday, Jan. 4 to face in-state foe Tennessee at 7 p.m. inside Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.