Barton Brothers Lead Memphis Past UCF, 63-62

Feb. 9, 2011

Antonio Barton's game winner lifted Memphis past UCF, 63-62.


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By: Preston McClellan

ORLANDO – Antonio Barton’s trifecta from the corner with less than three seconds to play lifted the Memphis Tigers (18-6; 6-3 C-USA) past the UCF Knights 63-62 Wednesday night at the UCF Arena.

Unlike fans back in Memphis dealing with a deluge of snow, the Barton brothers were red-hot Wednesday night as the duo combined for 29 of the Tigers’ 63 points, capped by Antonio’s game-winning triple.

Barton, who finished with 14 points in 28 minutes off the bench, took the pass from his brother, Will, before launching the deep ball. Will led the Tigers in scoring, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the winning effort.

After an emphatic dunk from Will Coleman with 3:17 to play in the first half, the Tigers took a 32-23 lead on the heels of a 6-0 run and appeared poised to further extend the lead before the half. The Knights responded, however, with a 7-0 run to end the half to bring the lead down to 32-30.

The Tigers’ struggles carried over into the early part of the second half, as Memphis allowed UCF to open up a 47-40 advantage with 12:34 to play. A three-pointer from none other than Antonio Barton gave the Tigers life, but Memphis didn’t actually regain the lead until Barton’s three-pointer with three seconds remaining.

Isaac Sosa, who finished with 14 points and four three-point field goals, kept UCF in the drivers seat with timely shot after timely shot until Barton’s late-game heroics proved too much for the Knights.

Marcus Jordan, who came into the game as UCF’s leading scorer at 16.0 ppg, finished with 12 points on just 3-of-13 shooting. The Knights, who started the season 14-0 and climbed as high as No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, have now dropped eight consecutive C-USA games since defeating Marshall in the league opener.

Coleman and Tarik Black, who played much of the game on the floor together, each turned in solid performances in the winning effort. Black tied a career-high with five blocks, including three in the first four minutes of play, and added 11 points in 32 minutes of play. Coleman finished with 10 points to go along with five boards and helped key a 34-25 points-in-the-paint advantage for Memphis.

Coleman joined A. Barton, Chris Crawford, and DJ Stephens in a strong performance from the Tiger bench as the Memphis reserves combined for 29 points.

Charles Carmouche also played well for the Tigers, as the junior transfer finished with eight points, six rebounds and a couple of key three-pointers early in the game.

The Tigers came out of the gate shooting well, making three of their first four shots from long range. UCF, however, switched up its looks on defense by showing Memphis a series of different zones and forcing the Tigers to miss eight of their next nine three-point attempts. The Tigers finished 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from beyond the arc, with Antonio Barton making four of those eight.

Memphis improves to 6-3 in C-USA with the victory, including 3-2 on the road. The Tigers are 4-2 on the road overall this season with those four wins coming by a combined nine points.

The Tigers also improve to 10-0 all-time against UCF with an average margin of victory of 20.5 points. Memphis also improves to 3-0 against schools from the state of Florida this season and has now won 13 straight against universities from the Sunshine state.

After two consecutive close wins on the road, the Tigers return home for a rematch against Southern Miss Saturday at FedExForum. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.


About pmccllln

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

Posted on February 10, 2011, in C-USA Basketball, Josh Pastner, Memphis Athletics, memphis basketball, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, UCF Knights and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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