Hunt leads No. 11 Memphis past Golden Eagles
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Jeremy Hunt netted 21 points and made some
key baskets down the stretch, as 11th-ranked Memphis held off Southern Miss,
67-64, in a Conference USA battle at FedExForum.
Chris Douglas-Roberts added 15 points for the Tigers (17-3, 7-0 C-USA), who
have won nine straight. Joey Dorsey donated 16 rebounds and seven points in
Jeremy Wise poured in a game-high 28 points for the Golden Eagles (13-6, 3-3),
who were looking to win their third straight game. Sai’Quon Stone had 15
points and five boards in the loss.
Trailing by five points with about six minutes left in the contest, the Tigers
rattled off five straight points to even the contest at 55-55 with just under
4 1/2 minutes to play. Hunt drilled a three-pointer and Douglas-Roberts added
two from the charity stripe.
After a defensive stop, Hunt buried a trey off a feed from Douglas-Roberts
inside to put Memphis on top, 58-55, with just under four minutes remaining.
Stone then hit a layup and converted a free throw after being fouled on the
play to even things up at 58-58 with about three minutes to go.
Andre Allen then hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe for Memphis and a jumper
by Craig Craft put Southern Miss back in front, 60-59.
A free throw by Douglas-Roberts with 2 1/2 minutes remaining tied things up.
Wise answered for the Golden Eagles with a pull-up jumper to put them back in
front at 62-60 with two minutes to play.
Allen then hit a three and after a defensive stop at the other end, Douglas-
Roberts scooped in two to give Memphis a 65-62 edge with 1 1/2 minutes
Two free throws by Demar Dotson made it a one-point game, but Douglas-Roberts
sealed it for the Tigers by hitting two from the stripe down the stretch.
Trailing most of the first half, Memphis closed out the opening 20 minutes on
a 12-0 run to take a 32-25 lead into the break. Hunt contributed eight points
during the stretch, including two three-pointers.
Hunt led Memphis with 11 points in the first half.
Memphis has won three straight over Southern Miss and leads the all-time
series at 52-23…The Tigers got 33 points off the bench…The Golden Eagles
ended the contest with 19 turnovers.