Memphis Outlasts Gonzaga, 62-58

Feb. 5, 2011

Antonio Barton led all scorers with 17 points.

Notes

By: Preston McClellan

SPOKANE, Wash.Antonio Barton scored 17 points, including the last four, and his brother Will added 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, as the Memphis Tigers outlasted the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 62-58, Saturday afternoon at Spokane Arena.

Leading 32-30 at the half, Memphis went on a 15-4 run out of the locker room to open a 47-34 advantage after a trifecta from Antonio Barton at the 13:38 mark. Memphis would go almost 13 minutes without a field goal however, and the Zags fought back to take a 54-53 lead with 3:03 to play.

After a second consecutive layup from Robert Sacre, Charles Carmouche finally ended the Tigers’ field goal drought with a triple from the right corner to tie the game at 56 with 1:44 to play.

Will Barton and Scare then each made a pair of free throws before Antonio Barton knocked down a 17-foot jumper to give the Tigers the lead, 60-58, with 35 seconds to play. Tarik Black poked the ball away from Sacre on the next Bulldog possession, and Antonio Barton recovered.

Barton knocked down both free throws to seal the game and fittingly stole the ensuing Gonzaga inbounds play to close out the victory and improve the Tigers’ road record to 3-3 this season.

Carmouche finished with 13 points, including two big-time three-pointers. Trailing 25-17 in the first half, Carmouche nailed a shot from long range to start an 8-0 run in which Memphis tied the game at 28.

Will Coleman was solid coming off the bench as the senior finished with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with seven rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Black finished with six points and seven rebounds, including five on the offensive glass as Memphis outrebounded Gonzaga 36-29.

Steven Gray led the way on offensive for Gonzaga with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and Kelly Olynyk (10) was the only other player to finish in double figures. Sacre finished with nine points and three rebounds, while Elias Harris struggled to eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

The Tigers improve to 5-2 in the all-time series with Gonzaga including all three games in Spokane. Memphis committed a season-low 10 turnovers in the victory, and the Tiger bench outscored the Zags’ reserves 44-19.

Memphis returns to C-USA action Wednesday, Feb. 9, when it travels to Orlando to face the UCF Knights at 6 p.m (CDT). The Tigers defeated the Knights 77-61 on Jan. 26 in the Bluff City.

Here’s how the Tigers warmed up against Gonzaga (courtesy www.insidememphisbasketball.com):

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