No. 25 Memphis 93, Central
Florida 71: Joe Jackson tallied 21 points and 10 assists and the
Tigers extended their winning streak to 15 games with a rout of the
Memphis (21-3, 10-0 Conference
USA) had five players score in double figures, with Geron Johnson
tallying 19 points to go with his nine rebounds and eight assists.
Adonis Thomas scored 17 points, while D.J. Stephens and Chris Crawford
each chipped in with 10.
Central Florida (17-7, 7-3) was
paced by Isaiah Sykes, who had 17 points but also committed nine
turnovers. Daiquan Walker had 14 points, while Tristan Spurlock and
Keith Clanton added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The game was close throughout the
first half, with each team holding the lead before Memphis eked ahead
for a 42-36 lead at halftime. The Tigers then scored nine of the
first 11 points of the second half to open up a 13-point advantage.
The Knights pulled to within
eight at 57-49 with 13:49 to play, but Memphis went on a 21-1 run
over the next 5:43 to completely blow the game open.
NOTEBOOK: Knights G Calvin Newell had been averaging 14.6 points in league play but managed just seven points on 3-for-7 shooting. … The Tigers improved to 14-3 in games in which they have at
least three players score in double figures this season. … It
doesn't get easier for Central Florida, which travels to Texas-El Paso for a
Saturday matchup. Memphis looks to stay perfect in conference play
when it hits the road for Marshall on Saturday.