MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The 83rd edition of the Memphis-Cincinnati rivalry did not disappoint, with a second half having 12 lead changes and six draws and an electric crowd at the FedExForum helping the Tigers overcome a disadvantage with one minute to play and get one. 87-80 victory for the Bearcats on Sunday afternoon.
The win is Memphis’s third straight and fourth in their last five games. The Tigers are now 9-5 in total and 3-1 in American Athletic Conference action over the year. The Tigers have won nine consecutive AAC home games and 14 of their last 15 games overall at FedExForum.
Tyler Harris he led the Tigers with 20 points and made more winning plays along the stretch. Lester quinones added 18 and reigning AAC Freshman of the Week Josh Minott had his first double double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Seven of his plates have landed on the offensive glass. Haemons Bates, in his first game since December 14 against the Alabama number 6/8, he scored 12 points, scored seven rebounds and provided six assists.
Cincinnati took an 80-79 lead with 55 seconds left, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout to regroup. Harris crashed and hit a jumper in the paint to give the Tigers an 81-80 lead with 40 ticks left, and the Memphis defense then forced two mistakes in Cincinnati. Lander Nolley II grabbed the rebound and was fouled, and scored both free throws bringing the score 83-80 to the Tigers with 19 seconds left.
Harris made his presence known on the defensive end on the next possession with Cincinnati trying to equalize the game, catching a pass and scoring a foul with just three seconds left. Harris scored both free throws and made two more free throws in the final two seconds to bring the game to the final score of 87-80.
The Tigers overtook Cincinnati (11-5, 1-2 AAC) hitting 16 from 3 points, nine above average per game entering the competition. The Bearcats were led by Jeremiah Davenport21 points out of 7 out of 10 from 3 points.
Memphis only committed 11 turnovers on Sunday afternoon, equaling his seasonal low in Georgia on December 1.
The Tigers ended the game shooting 47.7% from the field (31-65) and scored nine from 3 points. Memphis had 16 of 19 from the free throw line in the game (.842) and in the second half he scored 12 of 14 (.857).
Memphis had a 41-31 lead on glass.
The Tigers left next week for UCF on Wednesday and East Carolina on Saturday. Memphis’s next home game is Thursday 20 January against SMU.
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POST MATCH NOTES
- Memphis used the starting lineup of Count Timberlake, Lester quinones, Josh Minott, Malcolm Dandridge And Malcolm Dandridge for the first time this season.
- The Tigers have now used 10 different starting lineups in 14 games this year and in each of their last seven games.
- Eleven different players have started a game this season.
- Memphis has now won two straight games against the Bearcats, with Cincinnati’s latest win in the series arriving on February 13, 2020.
- The Bearcats still lead the all-time series 47-36.
- Memphis leads the games played in Memphis, 24-14.
- Forty-five of Memphis’s points have come off the bench, the second in a game this season.
- Memphis reserves scored 51 points in victory over North Carolina Central (11/13).
- Memphis now has five games this season shooting at least 80.0 percent from the free-throw line after at least 15 attempts.
- The Tigers only accomplished the feat once last season and four times in total in 2019-20.
- Tyler Harris hit the 20-point record of the season and led Memphis to score for the third time this season.
- Harris has scored the 20 points seven times in his career.
- Memphis is 22-9 when the senior has at least three triples in a game.
- Harris now has 159 3 points in his Tiger career, which is three to go Willie Kemp (162, 2006-10) for seventh place in a career in Memphis.
- Lester quinones’18 points is the maximum of the season and comes after an effort of 11 points in his last game.
- He has scored six triples in his last two games after going 0 for 10 from behind the arc of the previous three games and 2 for 14 over five outings.
- Haemons Bates played 21 minutes in his first game in nearly a month.
- His seven rebounds and six assists are both season highs.
- Josh Minott scored his first double double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Minott set a season record of 15 points at Wichita State two games ago, then set a season record of 11 rebounds against Tulsa in the last game.
- Jalen Duren he dunked three shots to go along with seven points and five rebounds.
- The freshman has blocked at least one shot in each of the 12 games played.
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