NCAAB Game Recap - Houston at Memphis
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

UMBC
49
Vermt
66
F
Penn
58
Harv
66
F
Wisc
55
MSU
67
F
NCC
50
Norf
47
F
Hou
61
Mem
58
F
TxSt
46
GASt
59
F
TXSo
86
PVAM
92
F
Seton
72
Vill
74
F
BGSU
73
Buff
87
F
E WA
62
Mont
68
F
W Ky
56
OlDom
62
F
GrCan
57
NMSt
89
F
Oreg
68
Wash
48
F
CS-Ful
64
UCIrv
92
F
Princ
77
Yale
83
F
Tenn
82
KY
78
F
StLou
67
David
44
F
WichSt
63
Cin
66
F
SDSU
57
UtSt
64
F
GaSo
58
TexAr
67
F
NOrl
60
AbCh
77
F
Minn
49
Mich
76
F
IaSt
78
Kansas
66
F
FlaSt
63
Duke
73
F
URI
51
StBon
68
F
Fla
62
Aub
65
F

Houston 61, Memphis 58

Mar 16, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

T

(1) Houston (31-2)

36

25

61

(5) Memphis (21-13)

26

32

58

Davis, defense help No. 11 Houston hold off Memphis 61-58
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:54 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Houston defense stifled Memphis for the bulk of its semifinal game of the American Athletic Conference tournament. But the final seven minutes almost made the Cougars' effort for naught.

Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points and No. 11 Houston weathered a late Memphis rally to defeat the Tigers 61-58 in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday.

Jeremiah Martin led Memphis with 23 points, most of them from the free throw line, as he made only 5 of 24 shots, including going 1 of 7 from outside the arc. He did make 12 of 14 free throws.

"I thought our defense was outstanding for most of the game," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Our biggest challenge was keeping Martin off the free throw line. . 12 for 14 was problematic for us."

Houston, the tournament's top seed, moves on to Sunday's championship game against No. 24 Cincinnati.

From the start, Houston (31-2) smothered the Memphis offense. Cougar defenders were blocking shots, deflecting passes, cutting off drives and basically gumming up the Tigers offensive flow, leaving them to launch 3-point attempts - unsuccessfully.

By halftime, Memphis was shooting less than 23 percent, including missing 9 of 11 from outside the arc. The Tigers missed 11 of their final 12 shots in the half.

Despite the late rally, the Tigers never got above 25 percent shooting in the game, ending at 23.5 percent. They were 4 of 23 from outside the arc.

Memphis (21-13) was trailing 60-48 When Nate Hinton made a pair of free throws with 7:40 remaining. From there, Memphis crafted a 10-1 run to pull within 61-58 with a minute left. During that stretch, Houston missed 10 straight shots and failed to score for more than four minutes. That included missing five of six free throws down the stretch.

"Most of our wounds were self-inflicted," Sampson said. "We had some kids who just didn't play with a lot of confidence for whatever reason. This isn't rocket science. Sometimes that unguarded 15-footer can be daunting."

Sampson later added: "It helps to make free throws."

Despite the Houston free-throw woes, Martin missed a 3-point attempt with 20 seconds left after Memphis pulled within 61-58 with a minute left when Martin scored inside. On the final Memphis possession, freshman Tyler Harris missed a 3-pointer with six seconds left, then he grabbed the offensive rebound, but his final 3-point attempt was blocked by Fabian White as time expired.

"I thought I was going to make it," Martin said of his attempt. "(But) I really haven't shot well this whole tournament."

BIG PICTURE

Houston: Houston almost let a stellar defensive performance go for naught down the stretch as Memphis made its comeback. The Houston defense was stifling any Memphis offense and thwarting everything Martin tried. In the end, Houston had enough of a lead to hold off Memphis' final run, although the Tigers had their opportunities.

Memphis: The Tigers, in some circles, were considered a bit of a favorite in the tournament because they lost only twice at home. But both of those were by ranked teams - Tennessee and Cincinnati. Houston, which didn't play at Memphis during the regular season, made the third as Martin could never get untracked against the Cougar defense

MIA

Nate Hinton, who was 5 of 8 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range in Houston 84-45 quarterfinal win over UConn, missed five of his six shots and ended with five points.

Sampson said as well as Hinton played Friday, "(Saturday) he was in the witness protection program. I couldn't even find him."

UP NEXT

Houston: Plays Cincinnati for the championship on Sunday.

Memphis: With a 21-13 record, the Tigers will wait to see if they are invited to play in a postseason tournament.

Leaders

Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Davis Jr. 17 0 0 5 0 2
B. Brady 9 0 0 5 1 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Maurice 0 0 1 1 0 0
T. Harris 0 0 0 3 0 0

Team Comparison

Hou Mem
Points For 61 58
Field Goals 21/57-37% 16/68-24%
Three Pointers 5/19-26% 4/23-17%
Free Throws 14/27-52% 22/26-85%
Offensive Rebounds 16 21
Defensive Rebounds 32 26
Rebounds 50 51
Blocks 9 5
Steals 4 5
Turnovers 14 9
Personal Fouls 22 21
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - Hou Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Jan 6 Mem 77 @ Hou 90 M. Parks Jr. 2 B. Gresham 4
Sat Mar 16 Hou 61 @ Mem 58 B. Gresham 2 M. Parks Jr. 1

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 0
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