No. 17 Memphis topples East Carolina
Greenville, NC (Sports Network) – Jeremy Hunt scored 16 points, and the 17th-
ranked Memphis Tigers fought through an awful shooting performance to beat
East Carolina, 61-44.
Doneal Mack scored 15 for Memphis (15-3, 5-0 Conference USA), which shot 31
percent (17-of-55) from the field. Robert Dozier scored 12 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who won their seventh straight game. Joey
Dorsey grabbed 15 boards, and Antonio Anderson finished with 11 rebounds for
John Fields scored 14 points for East Carolina (5-12, 0-4). No other player
scored in double-figures for the Pirates, who lost their fourth in a row, and
shot 36 percent from the field (17-of-47). East Carolina has lost 11 of 12
since starting the season 4-1.
East Carolina actually led after a three-pointer by Courtney Captain put the
Pirates up 28-24 just under three minutes into the second half. The Memphis
offense finally came alive, though, and the Tigers ripped off a 23-4 run,
scoring more points on a six-minute stretch than they had in the entire first
Jeremy Hunt closed the run with a jumper that put the Tigers up 47-32 with
11:13 left in the game. Memphis coasted to the finish line from there,
cruising to a 17-point win.
Memphis started slow offensively, but the Pirates were even worse, and the
Tigers took an 11-4 lead after Jeremy Hunt hit a three-pointer with 15:34 left
in the first half. Memphis only scored 10 points over the remaining 15 minutes
in the first half, though, and a jumper by Fields with one second left in the
half tied the game at 21-21.
Memphis dominated on the boards, 48-33…Both teams hit 17 field goals, but
the difference for Memphis came on the free throw line, where the Tigers where
23-of-39, while the Pirates only had 18 free throw opportunities and only made
eight…East Carolina had 24 turnovers.