Antonio Barton Helps Memphis Close Out 2011 with Win Over Charlotte, 67-58
Dec. 31, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In the waning moments of the game, Memphis pulled away from Charlotte to earn the victory, 67-58. Antonio Barton, who started his second-straight game, led all scorers with 16 points. Will Barton secured his third-consecutive and seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards. Ferrakohn Hall pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and Tarik Black pitched in 10 points.
With the win, Memphis improved to 8-5, while Charlotte dropped to 7-5. For the second-consecutive game, Memphis held its opponent to less than 30 percent shooting for the game. In fact, the Tigers have held their last two opponents, Robert Morris and Charlotte, below 30 percent shooting in each of the last four halves. Charlotte was a meager 16-of-65 (24.6 percent) from the floor. Memphis connected on 21-of-47 (44.7 percent) of its shots.
At the final media timeout of the game, Memphis maintained a three-point margin over Charlotte, 56-53. On the Tigers' ensuing possession, Black was fouled going hard to the basket. He knocked down one of the two free throws to give Memphis a four-point advantage with 3:05 left.
Following an offensive foul on Charlotte's Pierria Henry, Hall gathered a miss by Black and made the lay-in to extend Memphis' lead to six at the 2:27 mark. The Tigers pushed the lead out to as many as 12 before a three-pointer by the 49ers at the buzzer cut the final margin to nine.
Antonio Barton and Black led the Tigers into the halftime break with a 30-28 lead, with both players tallying seven points in the frame. Memphis recorded 10 blocked shots in the first half, marking the second-straight game with double-digit blocks. The last time the Tigers matched that feat came last season, when Memphis recorded 11 blocks against both Southern Miss (2-12-11) and UAB (2-16-11).
The 49ers were led by Derrio Green's 12 points. Chris Braswell posted 11 points and seven boards and DeMario Mayfield added 10 points.
In-state rival Tennessee comes to Memphis on January 4th for a non-conference battle between two teams that met earlier this season. Game time at FedEXForum is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT. It took the Tigers two overtimes to defeat the Volunteers, 99-97, in a second-round matchup during the Maui Invitational. Will Barton notched 25 points and 11 rebounds and Antonio Barton added 21 to lead Memphis to the win.