Tucker leads Longhorns over Memphis
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – P.J. Tucker notched a double-double with 24
points and 13 rebounds, as No. 15 Texas defeated fourth-ranked Memphis, 69-58,
in a big non-conference game from the FedEx Forum.
Daniel Gibson added 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 12 points and
eight rebounds for Texas (11-2), which silenced doubters with a road victory
over a top-five squad.
Brad Buckman had six points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the Longhorns’
third straight victory.
Rodney Carney scored 22 points and Shawne Williams netted 10 points and
grabbed seven rebounds for Memphis (11-2), which lost for the first time since
a 70-67 defeat at the hands of Duke on November 25.
Memphis made one field goal in the first 12:13 and trailed 21-7. The Tigers 1-
of-14 start allowed the Longhorns some early breathing room.
A team full of tournament-tested players started the 2005 campaign No. 2 in
the country, but ever since a 97-66 thumping at the hands of the top-ranked
Blue Devils, Texas has not been the same.
The loss exposed the Longhorns’ weaknesses in big-game situations, especially
after Texas fell one week later at Tennessee, 95-78.
However, two straight victories against inferior opponents allowed Texas to
regroup, and it came out swinging.
Gibson scored Texas’ first eight points and 13 of 21 to support the Longhorns
early advantage. Memphis responded with eight unanswered points to trim
the deficit to 21-15 on Carney’s trey with 6:02 on the first-half clock.
Texas increased the lead back up to 10, but Robert Dozier’s two layups to end
the half made it a six-point game, 29-23.
Buckman’s jumper gave the Longhorns a 42-31 advantage with 11:07 left, but the
Tigers’ high-octane offense finally got on track with a 17-5 spurt to take
their first lead. Williams drained two three-pointers during the streak and
Darius Washington’s trey put the Tigers up 48-47 at the 7:17 mark.
Texas quickly switched to a zone defense and retook the lead, 52-50, with 6:28
left on Kenton Paulino’s three-point play. Aldridge converted a layup and
A.J. Abrams made two free throws to give the Longhorns a 60-52 edge moments
later and cap an 11-2 run with 2:22 remaining.
The Tigers got within 64-58 on Carney’s three-point play with 1:26 left, but
could get no closer.
Memphis was 3-2 versus ranked opponents during its difficult non-conference
schedule…The Tigers shot just 29 percent from the floor and made only 6-
of-32 from three-point range…Texas shot 42 percent and made 19-of-25 from
the charity stripe…The Longhorns blocked nine shots.