Memphis wins at Wichita State 82-64
(Wichita State Athletics) - WICHITA, Kan. - New Year’s Day is the time for turning over a new leaf, and Memphis did exactly that Saturday afternoon in front of a national audience on CBS.
After scuffling through the month of December, the Tigers (7-5, 1-1 AAC) looked the part of a preseason top-10 team in handing host Wichita State its most lopsided home loss in the 18 seasons since Charles Koch Arena’s renovation, 82-64.
Josh Minott scored 15 points off the bench for Memphis, which used a 20-2 run to turn a six-point lead near the 4:00-mark of the first half into a 24-point cushion with 16:36 to play in the game.
Tyson Etienne scored 17 points and Dexter Dennis added 16 for WSU (9-4, 0-1), which shot a season-low 29.5 percent from the field and surrendered a season-high 52.4 percent on the opposite end.
WSU outscored Memphis 21-11 at the foul line and forced 18 turnovers. Etienne accounted for three of the Shockers’ 11 steals.
A Memphis team that came in ranked second nationally in blocks (6.9) managed just one but otherwise dominated the interior, outscoring the Shockers 48-22 in the paint while outrebounding them 40-34.
The Shockers held three early leads, the last roughly five minutes in when Ricky Council IV and Qua Grant sank back-to-back threes for a 12-10 advantage.
Memphis’ DeAndre Williams hit a three and Earl Timberlake converted a three-point play to start an 8-0 Tiger spurt, and the visitors stayed in front the rest of the way.
The teams traded baskets for the next 10 minutes.
Dennis pulled the Shockers to within 40-34 with 3:34 to play in the opening period.
However, Minott (11 first-half points) answered with a three-point play and the Tigers scored the last nine points of the half for a 49-34 lead at the intermission.
The Shockers ended the first half with six-straight misses and started the second with six more. They missed another 11 during another 10-minute field goal drought between the 17:00 and 7:00-marks of the second half.
Memphis took advantage, building its lead to 28 with 7:48 to play.
The Shockers showed some late fight. Etienne supplied seven points during a 14-1 run that narrowed the deficit to 75-60 with 3:54 to play.
The Shockers have a week to regroup before traveling to preseason conference favorite Houston next Saturday for another 11 a.m. CT tip on CBS.
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