No. 19 Memphis Escapes Hurricanes, 72-68
Nov. 16, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Durand Scott, Malcolm Grant and Reggie Johnson combined for 50 of Miami’s 68 points, but it wasn’t enough as Miami fell to No. 19 Memphis, 72-68, to kick off ESPN’s third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon in front of 17,873 at FedExForum.
Memphis’ Joe Jackson scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Tigers escaped a poor shooting night to escape Miami early Tuesday.
Chris Carmouche had 13 points and Wesley Witherspoon added 12 for Memphis (2-0), despite making only 1 of 5 shots from the field. Antonio Barton finished with 10 points for the Tigers, who shot 34 percent, and managed only 4 of 22 from 3-point range in a game that began at Midnight.
The Hurricanes (1-1) received their expected scoring from guards Scott (20) — who posted his second-straight 20-point performance and fifth of his career — and Grant (18). But they also got stellar play from Johnson, who finished with a double-double of 12 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds despite battling foul trouble all night.
Miami shot only slightly better than Memphis (33 percent), but dominated the boards, 51-31, including 23 off the offensive glass.
Memphis had a 6-point lead with 9:10 remaining, but Johnson scored six straight points to tie it.
The Hurricanes took a 63-59 lead with 3:55 to play on a free throw and 3-pointer by Grant.
The teams were tied at 66 with a minute left. Will Coleman blocked Scott’s layup attempt with just under a minute left, a play that led to a foul that sent Carmouche to the line, where he hit both free throws to give Memphis took the lead for good. The Tigers hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute to hang on for the victory.
D.J. Stephens’ basket inside as time expired in the first half gave Memphis 38-37 lead. The Hurricanes’ zone defense kept the Tigers outside the arc throughout the half, and Memphis missed 10 of its 12 shots from 3-point range.
The Hurricanes also controlled the boards outrebounding Memphis 23-14 in the half.
Memphis built the lead to 48-39 in the early stages of the second half, as Jackson scored eight of the Tigers’ first 10 points after intermission.
Neither team could pull away in a game that had 13 ties and 15 lead changes, and the game slowed by a rash of fouls – 29 on each team.
Cleaning the Glass