No. 23/22 Memphis Defeats Houston, 82-59
January 24, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MEMPHIS SPORTS RELEASE
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Shaq Goodwin scored 20 points and pulled down six boards while Joe Jackson added 18 points and seven assists to help the No. 23/22 University of Memphis men's basketball team (14-4, 4-2 American) to an 82-59 victory over Houston (11-8, 3-3 American) on Thursday night at FedExForum.
Also helping in the scoring column for the Tigers was Michael Dixon Jr., who totaled 13 points. Memphis shot 59 percent from the field while holding Houston to 43 percent.
Memphis jumped out to a 14-4 lead with 12-straight points coming from Goodwin in the first 4:23 of the game. However, the Cougars stayed in it by answering with a 9-2 run after seven points from Jherrod Stiggers to trim the Memphis lead to 16-13 with 13:14 to go in the half.
The Tigers distanced themselves once again with threes from Jackson and Dixon Jr. followed by a bucket from Geron Johnson to take a 27-17 advantage midway through the period.
Memphis continued to stretch out its lead as a basket from Goodwin pushed it to 15 at 33-18 with eight minutes to play. The Cougars pulled back to single digits after a layup from Brandon Morris to make it 37-29 just under the six-minute mark.
Holding a nine-point advantage, a triple by Dixon Jr. at the 3:49 mark helped the Tigers get their lead back to double digits, where it stayed the remainder of the half. Memphis extended its lead to as much as 17 before a tip-in by Danuel House right before the half made the score 47-32 at the break.
Memphis held a comfortable lead throughout the entire second half. After increasing its lead to 17 in the first few minutes of the second period, Houston pulled within 13 after a three-pointer from Morris to make it 55-42 with 13:30 to play.
Teams continued to trade baskets over the next several minutes until the Tigers began to stretch the game out. A layup from David Pellom followed by a jumper from Jackson gave Memphis its largest advantage up until that point at 65-46 with 9:35 remaining.
A three from Jackson pushed the Tigers' advantage to 20 for the first time with 7:29 left on the clock. The Cougars would only be able to get back within 18 the rest of the way as Memphis handed Houston an 82-59 defeat.
Memphis closes out its homestand against USF on Sunday with a 1 p.m. (CT) tip at FedExForum. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.