Memphis, TN-The 19th ranked Tigers played like a visitor on their home court on Thursday in a 72-53 loss to number 21 UConn in a quarterfinal game of the American Conference Tournament at FedEx Forum.
As a lower seed the Tigers wore their blue road uniforms. Memphis barely got two players in double figures, Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford each finishing with ten points as the Tigers shot just 26 percent from the floor.
Niels Giffey scored a career-high 24 points to lead UConn, including six three-pointers, as the Huskies beat Memphis for the third time in as many tries this season.
UConn will play top seeded Cincinnati in Friday’s quarterfinals. Memphis falls to 23-9 and waits for the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday.
No. 4 UConn 72, No. 5 Memphis 53
Records: UConn 25-7, Memphis 23-9
UConn advances to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face No. 1 Cincinnati. That game will be at 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday on ESPN2. During the regular season, the teams split two games, with the home team winning each matchup.
UConn beat Memphis for the third time this season, and dealt the Tigers two of their three losses this season at FedExForum.
The Huskies’ Niels Giffey scored a career high 24 points, surpassing his previous high of 16. Giffey led the Huskies with a career high nine rebounds, the first time this season he was the solo rebounding leader for the Huskies. He made six three-pointers, also a career high mark.
UConn’s Shabazz Napier moved into 6th place on UConn’s all-time scoring list and fourth in UConn history in three-pointers made.
UConn shot 50 percent from 3-point distance, reaching that mark for the seventh time this season.
Four players scored in double digits for UConn.
The Huskies held Memphis to a season low .264 field goal percentage.
UConn’s Amida Brimah recorded a career high three assists.