2nd Half Effort Helps Memphis Squeak by Samford 66-65: Three Things to know

AUDIO: GP and Geoff discuss the lower bar for Memphis Hoops

December 06, 2017 - 1:41 pm

--Fedex Forum

The Memphis Tigers pulled victory from the jaws of defeat again Tuesday night defeating Samford 65-64. Memphis trailed by four after with 10 seconds left before two big plays from Junior Raynere Thornton & Freshman Jamal Johnson helped push them over the hump to get the victory. Kyvon Davenport led Memphis in scoring with 17 points while Jerimiah Martin chipped in with 15 points of his own.  Memphis improves to 5-2 on the season, and undefeated inside Fedex Forum.

Here are my three things from tonight's game: 

Halftime Holes

Memphis has trailed at halftime six of the seven games this season. Four of the seven halftime deficits have been by 8 or more points. Early Tuesday night, it appeared the slow starts by the Tigers had been fixed. Samford HC Scott Padgett then started to mix up defenses switching from press to zone which confused the Tigers on the offensive end. The ball movement, stopped and the turnovers started. Memphis finished the first half with seven turnovers and a nine-point halftime hole. A suffocating defensive effort helped Memphis get back into the game in the 2nd half. The Memphis second half spurt was capped off with Jamal Johnson's heave and free throw to win the game. 

Freshman Saves the Day

Jamal Johnson scored the most important three points of his young Memphis career in the concluding seconds of tonight's game. After a missed Jimario Rivers hook, the freshman was in the right place at the right time to save the day. 

This shot was proceeded with a free throw which ultimately won Memphis the game. 

Stat of The Night

Samford 1st half FG%: 56%

Samford's 2nd half FG%: 24%

Next up: vs. Bryant at FedEx Forum 

- Devin Walker, 92.9 FM ESPN

AUDIO: Gary Parrish and Geoff Calkins discussed the state of Memphis hoops on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017



AUDIO: GP and Geoff on Memphis Hoops Wed. 12/6/17

AUDIO: GP and Geoff on Memphis Hoops Wed. 12/6/17

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