NCAAB Game Recap - Alcorn State at Memphis
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Oakl
50
MD
80
F
Colum
42
UVA
60
F
Ohio
54
Vill
78
F
Alc
56
Mem
102
F
Wash
62
Tenn
75
F
Nich
65
LSU
75
F
USD
53
Colora
71
F
StFNY
64
NCSU
95
F
AlaAM
63
MiaO
79
F
(N/A)
48
UMBC
60
F
N CO
72
NrthIA
77
F(OT)
Morg
68
GrgWas
64
F
Corn
54
DeP
75
F
OlDom
76
NE
69
F
CenCT
43
UMass
89
F
Campbl
87
Citad
73
F
Dart
37
Jacksn
57
F
Leh
53
VaTec
79
F
SIU-E
57
InWor
55
F
NWSt
52
Tul
79
F
StJos
68
LoyIL
85
F
Merrim
69
NJIT
88
F
RobM
56
Toled
70
F
ChiSt
49
Purd
93
F
StPet
47
Prov
68
F
Quin
52
Mia-FL
80
F
Temp
70
LaSal
65
F
(N/A)
79
Hartfo
86
F
SamH
77
CenMI
84
F
Belm
100
BC
85
F
Buff
88
Harv
76
F
TN-M
62
WichSt
103
F
WSt
55
Denv
72
F
APSU
65
Tuls
72
F
TNTec
47
App
69
F
(N/A)
59
Winth
103
F
(N/A)
60
UMassL
58
F
(N/A)
48
NIU
96
F
E MI
56
N TX
51
F
SacHr
72
Bingha
76
F
Vermt
70
StJon
68
F
(N/A)
79
FlAtl
84
F
Lib
77
ECU
57
F
UNH
70
Boston
84
F
Rice
82
UCSB
81
F
Stony
69
TexPA
58
F
Mont
49
Ark
70
F
Del
81
Lafy
73
F
MD-ES
53
MorSt
76
F
Brev
49
UNCA
79
F
MTSt
67
UNCG
66
F
McNee
80
NM
90
F
LaTec
72
Crei
82
F
Drex
67
SFA
82
F
JackSt
63
SMU
80
F
Amer
76
StFPA
79
F
Buck
81
Canis
83
F
Stetsn
55
IPFW
79
F
Kent
72
WriSt
71
F
Seatt
67
Syr
89
F
Albany
51
Manh
57
F
JMU
70
GMas
83
F
Maris
41
Ford
58
F
ChaSo
61
Dayt
90
F
UNCW
49
David
87
F
Samf
55
N AL
61
F
NDSt
57
TXAMC
45
F
StBon
80
Rut
74
F
Woff
61
Butl
80
F
IL-C
56
Brad
65
F
ArkPB
54
GrCan
67
F
USF
76
SIU
60
F
Troy
62
Ind
100
F
(N/A)
48
Murr
114
F
OrSt
83
Wyo
63
F
Pepp
73
AbCh
69
F
SCla
64
Stan
82
F
Maine
62
Portl
71
F
ColSt
74
LoyMa
64
F
(N/A)
62
CS-Ful
82
F
USC
76
Nev
66
F

Nov 16, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Alcorn State (1-3)

24

32

56

(13) Memphis (3-1)

52

50

102

Quinones, Achiuwa send No. 13 Memphis past Alcorn St 102-56
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:59 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Despite playing their first game without heralded recruit James Wiseman, the No. 13 Memphis Tigers had little trouble with Alcorn State.

That's what happens when you have the top recruiting class in the nation.

Freshman Lester Quinones had 21 points and 10 rebounds and fellow freshman Precious Achiuwa added 20 points Saturday, sending No. 13 Memphis to a 102-56 romp over Alcorn State.

Wiseman was sidelined because of eligibility issues, but Memphis hardly missed him in bouncing back from its first defeat of the season, an 82-74 loss to Oregon on Tuesday night.

"His presence is huge. Seven-footer in the paint. His dominance obviously wasn't felt," Quinones said of not having the 7-foot-1 Wiseman. "I feel like other guys stepped up."

"We understand James is not playing right now," Achiuwa added, "which hurts the team in a way because he's a big part of the team. But this is an opportunity for other guys to play."

DJ Jeffries finished with 15 points and Tyler Harris and Lance Thomas added 11 each for Memphis (3-1). Isaiah Attles led Alcorn State (1-3) with 13 points while Troymain Crosby had 10.

Wiseman was declared ineligible because Memphis coach Penny Hardaway helped with the family's moving expenses from Nashville to Memphis two years ago when Hardaway was coach at East High School. Wiseman's status is in limbo while the NCAA considers disciplinary action.

"We don't want to change too much because we know he's going to be back earlier than later," Hardaway said after moving Achiuwa into the center spot vacated by Wiseman. "The guys can just slide over. They already understand the rotations. They understand the offensive side and the defensive side of what we want. We're not going to change too much."

Alcorn State's zone initially took Memphis out of any flow, the Tigers choosing long passes across the top of the defense and struggling to get the ball inside. That kept the Braves in the game near the midway point of the first half.

The Memphis defense eventually put pressure on the Braves, leading to 16 Alcorn State turnovers in the half. Memphis put together a 24-3 run to close the half and carry a 52-24 lead into the break. The lead would swell to 53 in the second half.

"We didn't follow the game plan," Braves coach Montez Robinson said. "I thought if we followed the game plan - which we did in the first four-to-five minutes of the game - and stuck to that, it may have been a different outcome. Not knowing what the outcome would be, but it would have been different.

"It wouldn't have been a 40-to-50-point game."

BIG PICTURE

Alcorn State: The Braves did well in staying with Memphis for a while even with the Tigers employing a fullcourt press. But the Memphis defense proved intimidating, and the Braves began overpassing inside. That led to way too many turnovers - 26 for the game.

Memphis: Without Wiseman, Memphis relied on Achiuwa inside. While his 20 points and eight rebounds were impressive, his 8 of 20 from the free throw line was a detraction. Still, overall, that wasn't a factor as Memphis controlled the final 30 minutes of the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Certainly, a rout over the Braves, who haven't beaten a non-conference Division I team since the 2012-13 season, is not going to enhance the Tigers' ranking. The potential impact will come from last Tuesday's loss to Oregon in Portland.

FOUL SHOOTING WOES

Achiuwa's foul shooting stood out enough that even the freshman forward noticed it on the stat sheet before the postgame press conference. "I'm probably one of the few dudes that can get to the free throw line at will," he said. "My physicality and the way I play. .I've just got to knock them down in the game. That just tells me I have to work on that. There's room for improvement."

LAST WORD

"The sky's the limit for those guys. They're young so they're going to continue to get better, continue to grow. - Alcorn State coach Montez Robinson on No. 13 Memphis.

UP NEXT

Alcorn State: At North Carolina State on Tuesday.

Memphis: Hosts Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Alcorn State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Alsworth 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Fairley 0 0 0 4 0 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Quinones 21 0 2 10 0 0
P. Achiuwa 20 0 1 8 1 1

Team Comparison

Alc Mem
Points For 56 102
Field Goals 19/63-30% 37/64-58%
Three Pointers 5/27-19% 4/16-25%
Free Throws 13/23-57% 24/45-53%
Offensive Rebounds 11 15
Defensive Rebounds 25 35
Rebounds 39 52
Blocks 4 6
Steals 10 12
Turnovers 26 19
Personal Fouls 30 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Mem Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 16 Alc 56 @ Mem 102 D. Andrews 3 D. Baugh 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 15,471
Game Time: