Tigers Escape Red Wolves, 78-71, in OT

Dec. 1, 2010

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By: Preston McClellan

MEMPHIS – Will Barton scored 20 points and added six rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes to lead the Memphis Tigers (6-0) past the Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-5) 78-71 in an overtime thriller Wednesday at FedExForum.

“We got outplayed by Arkansas State,” Memphis head coach Josh Pastner said. “We were fortunate to get the ‘W.'”

Memphis sprinted out to a 25-7 advantage after the Red Wolves made just two of their first 20 attempts from the floor and cruised to a 35-24 halftime advantage. ASU opened the second half on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 37-33 at the 17:54 mark, but the Tigers responded and quickly built the lead back to 50-40 with 14:13 to play.

The Red Wolves wouldn’t go away, however, as they cut the lead to as few as three on three different occasions before a three-point basket by Daniel Bryant brought ASU within 65-64 with 2:10 to play. Bryant made one-of-two free throws with 35 seconds remaining to tie it up and send it to overtime.

With Memphis big man Will Coleman out of the game with five fouls, ASU fed it down low to Martavius Adams, who converted back-to-back buckets to give ASU its first lead of the game, 69-65 at the 3:52 mark.Memphis finally snapped out of its offensive funk and went on a decisive 9-0 run sparked by a determined drive and left-handed layup by Wesley Witherspoon to narrow the gap to 69-67.

Joe Jackson stole the ball on the ensuing Red Wolves’ possession and drove for a fast break layup to knot the game at 69.Charles Carmouche buried two free throws on Memphis’ next possession after being fouled on a drive to put the Tigers back in front, 71-69.

After a missed jumper by Adams on the other end, Jackson again drove to the hole, this time converting a three-point play to give Memphis a 74-69 advantage and effectively put the game out of reach.

Jackson finished with 10 points, joining Barton (20), Witherspoon (10) and Antonio Barton as the only Tigers to finish in double figures. Will Barton now has three 20-point or better games in a Tiger uniform.Bryant finished with 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting to lead ASU.

Memphis-native Donald Boone chipped in 12, and Adams (11) and Malcoln Kirkland (10) were the only other Red Wolves to finish in double figures.Self inflicted wounds nearly got the best of the Tigers as Memphis committed 17 turnovers, which ASU turned into 20 points.

ASU also outscored Memphis in the paint, 36-34.This was the first overtime game at home for Memphis since an 81-80 loss to Austin Peay, Nov. 22, 2002 and the first overtime victory since a 72-63 win over Saint Louis on Jan. 18, 2001.

Memphis returns to action Saturday with an afternoon matchup with Western Kentucky. Game time is slated 7 p.m., and the game will air on CSS.”We have to change some things,” Pastner said. “And, we have to change them in a hurry before we play (Western Kentucky).”

Original article found on gotigersgo.com: http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/120110aab.html

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