MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The University of Memphis men’s basketball team (6-2) extended its winning streak to four games Saturday afternoon with an 83-65 win over Austin Peay (4-5) to earn the program’s 150th win inside FedExForum.
Austin Peay took an 8-3 lead in the opening minutes of the game before the Tigers responded with a 13-2 run off four Governors turnovers to make the score 16-10.
Antonio Barton started the Memphis run with a three-pointer from the left wing to cut the APSU lead to two. A dunk by D.J. Stephens from Geron Johnson brought the crowd to its feet as Memphis took a 12-10 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining. Hustle plays from Barton, Johnson and Chris Crawford caused two APSU turnovers to give Memphis easy buckets on the other end to grab a 16-10 advantage with 12 minutes to go in the half.
The Tigers defense continued to give the Governors problems as Memphis forced a five-second call which turned into three more points with a trey from Crawford to put Memphis up 19-10. A layup from Tarik Blackfollowed by another monstrous dunk from Stephens forced APSU to call another timeout midway through the half as Memphis built a 23-10 lead.
Johnson helped stretch the Tigers lead to 17 with back-to-back steals followed by dunk and a Barton three to give Memphis a 30-13 advantage at the eight-minute mark.
The Governors would get within 12 with a three from Travis Betran to make it 37-25 Memphis with less than four minutes to go. However, APSU did not cut the deficit any more as Memphis went into the half up 43-30. Johnson, Stephens and Barton each tallied eight points to lead Memphis at the break.
In the second half, three-straight baskets from Johnson put the Tigers up 55-36 four minutes into the period. However, the Governors answered with five-straight points to cut their deficit to 14.
After a three-minute scoreless streak by both teams, Black broke the drought with a bucket underneath to give Memphis a 62-45 lead. Black added three of the Tigers’ next four buckets to make the score 68-48 with eight minutes left.
The Governors would bring the Memphis lead back to 16 before Black would get a bucket in the paint and a three-point play to stretch the Tigers advantage to 77-56.
APSU would not give up as Corey Arentsen drained a three and sank a free throw to bring the Memphis lead to 77-60 with just over three minutes to go. The Governors would not get any closer the rest of the way as the Tigers sealed an 83-65 victory.
Black led the Tigers with 18 points with 14 coming in the second half, while Johnson added 14 for his third-straight game in double figures. Jackson chipped in 12 points for the team whereas Barton and Stephens each added 10. Stephens grabbed nine boards to lead Memphis while Johnson, Crawford and Goodwin each recorded four steals in the win.
Memphis will be back in action Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Tigers host Louisville for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff at FedExForum