Houston, TX-The Tigers scored 46 points and shot 68 percent in the second half to break away from Rice in Wednesday’s Conference USA match-up.
Joe Jackson had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 77-51 victory. Antonio Barton also had 13 for the Tigers, who put five players in double figures including Tarik Black and Adonis Thomas (12 each).
Trailing 5-4, a Joe Jackson three began an 8-0 Memphis run over a four-minute stretch. Another dunk from Stephens followed by a three-point play from Tarik Black put Memphis up 12-5 with 13 minutes to play.
The Tigers held Rice to 31 percent shooting and outrebounded the Owls 41-20.
Memphis is now 13-and-3, 3-0. The Tigers host Harvard in a non-conference game on Saturday.