Tigers Escape Birmingham with 76-73 OT Victory Over Blazers

Jan. 22, 2011

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By: Preston McClellan

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Will and Antonio Barton combined for 33 points and scored all six of Memphis’ points in the extra period en route to leading the Tigers (15-4; 4-1 C-USA) to a 76-73 overtime victory against UAB Saturday night in the sold-out Bartow Arena.

Despite missing its final four free throw attempts in overtime and shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the charity stripe throughout the game, the “cardiac cats” once again managed to pulled out a close victory.

Blazers’ senior point guard Aaron Johnson, who finished the game with 13 points, made 1-of-2 free throws with six seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

With four freshmen on the floor, The Tigers responded by scoring the first five points in the overtime period before Johnson cut the lead to 73-70 with 35 seconds remaining. Memphis countered, however, as Tarik Black–who finished with 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting–stepped to the line and calmly knocked down two free throws.

Antonio Barton made 1-of-2 from the line on the next Memphis possession before Cameron Moore drilled a contested three to once again make it a one-possession game.

Will and Antonio Barton both missed two free throws on the next two Memphis possessions, but a last second shot by the Blazers clanked off the rim allowing the Tigers to escape with their 10th straight victory over UAB.

Will Coleman was the only other Tiger to finish in double figures, as the senior finished with 13 points and three rebounds off the bench. The Tigers shot 28-of-53 (52.8 percent) from the floor, including 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) from long range.

Moore–who scored 13 of the Blazers’ first 23 points–finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jamarr Sanders was the only other UAB player to finish in double figures, scoring 15 points despite missing all 10 of his three-point attempts.

Memphis improves to 3-0 in overtime games this season, as the Tigers also needed extra time to knock off Arkansas State and Austin Peay.

Despite coming into the contest ranked 10th in C-USA in three-point field goal percentage defense, Memphis held UAB without a trifecta until the 13:32 mark in the second half. The Blazers finished the contest just 2-of-23 from deep.

The Tigers return to FedExForum Wednesday for a match-up with the UCF Knights with game time slated for 7 p.m.

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About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. www.prestonmcclellan.weebly.com. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

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