Memphis, TN-The University of Memphis men’s basketball team (5-2) had four players notch doubles figures and the Tigers used pesky defense to cruise by Ohio (6-2), 84-58, Wednesday night at FedExForum.
Both teams struggled offensively in the early going as Ohio led 8-4 at the 14:20 mark with two field goals while Memphis’ four points came from the free throw line.
Ferrakohn Hall got the first bucket for the Tigers 30 seconds later, followed by a fast break dunk by D.J. Stephens from Geron Johnson to knot the game at eight. A minute later, Johnson gave Memphis its first lead of the game with a trey to put the Tigers up 11-10, a 9-2 run over three and a half minutes.
The Bobcats regained a 15-12 lead off a three from D.J. Cooper midway through the half before a two-on-one fast break for the Tigers ended with a huge dunk from Tarik Black to put Memphis ahead 15-14.
Trailing 20-16, Johnson would add two quick buckets for the Tigers, sparking a 13-0 run to take a 29-20 lead with less than four minutes to go in the first half. The Bobcats wouldn’t let the Tigers lead get too large, responding with an 8-3 run to make it 32-28 Memphis, with two minutes to go.
The Tigers increased their lead right before the half with buckets from Joe Jackson and Johnson to go into the half with a 36-28 lead. Johnson led Memphis at the half with 13 points while Shaq Goodwin totaled seven points and six rebounds.
Goodwin helped the Tigers run out to a 46-34 lead in the second half as he scored all 10 points in the paint in the first four minutes of the half.