NCAAB Game Recap - Tulane at Memphis
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Detr
72
Gonz
93
F
JackSt
57
Baylor
83
F
Tul
73
Mem
84
F
Xav
62
Vill
68
F
NFla
59
Dayt
77
F
Canis
79
Pitt
87
F
(N/A)
57
UMBC
89
F
Hof
75
Tows
67
F
Dart
56
UNH
70
F
Wilbe
52
MiaO
119
F
(N/A)
53
E MI
88
F
Stetsn
63
SCar
56
F
HuTil
77
PVAM
92
F
(N/A)
78
DelSt
76
F
(N/A)
63
NCC
108
F
(N/A)
53
GASt
83
F
UTRGV
72
Okla
91
F
SCSt
58
Jacksn
52
F
YSU
70
IL-C
64
F
WIGB
73
NoKY
59
F
Clev
82
IUPUI
80
F
WIMil
70
WriSt
82
F
(N/A)
49
Rut
94
F
Yale
67
UNC
70
F
NE
88
JMU
72
F
Penn
81
How
62
F
APSU
48
UGA
78
F
Copp
56
Ford
62
F
W&M
74
Elon
73
F
UNCW
66
Drex
71
F
Charl
75
Del
63
F
Albany
67
Colum
66
F
StBon
79
Buff
84
F
UMass
79
Akr
85
F
David
71
Vand
76
F
LoyIL
66
Valpa
63
F
TXSo
55
TexAM
58
F
HiPt
58
Tex
89
F
LaTec
80
SoMis
49
F
ChiSt
33
Mizzu
91
F
Kent
68
MisSt
96
F
SIU
56
IndSt
68
F
Seton
74
DeP
66
F
GMas
53
TCU
87
F
Harv
84
USF
81
F(OT)
Ida
68
Web
69
F
NoAZ
61
MTSt
63
F
Sac
50
Mont
52
F
E WA
69
IdaSt
75
F
S UT
83
PorSt
81
F

Memphis 84, Tulane 73

Dec 30, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Tulane (8-5)

30

43

73

(9) Memphis (12-1)

40

44

84

Quinones, Baugh lead No. 9 Memphis past Tulane 84-73
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:45 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis finally controlled its turnovers and had a season high in assists. That combination helped the No. 9 Tigers take a successful first step in American Athletic Conference play.

Lester Quinones scored 16 points, Damion Baugh finished with 15 and Memphis weathered a second-half rally to defeat Tulane 84-73 on Monday night in the teams' conference opener.

Memphis committed only 12 turnovers, about half of its miscues in each of the last two games. The Tigers recorded a season-high 24 assists.

"We have to share the basketball, and those 24 assists are a product of five guys finishing in double figures," Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said.

Precious Achiuwa finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds as Memphis (12-1, 1-0 AAC) won its 10th straight.

"Coaches emphasize every single day in practice: `We've got to cut down on the turnovers. Cut down on the turnovers,"' Quinones said. "So rather than making those full court, long passes or those flashy passes, we're starting now to just run the offense."

K.J. Lawson, who was at Memphis for two seasons, led Tulane with 22 points. Christion Thompson added 17. Jordan Walker finished with 13, including nine straight points as Tulane (8-5, 0-1) tried to rally down the stretch.

For Lawson, it was an emotional night and one in which he wanted to show fans - who once cheered him but booed him during the game - his talents.

"It's a great feeling," he said of returning to his former home arena. "I wanted to come out and get a win against a Top 10 team. We've got to go back to the drawing board and see what we can draw up. I'm just happy with what we've got moving forward."

Tulane did make Memphis fans a little nervous down the stretch. The Tigers held a double-digit lead with seven minutes left, but Tulane, behind Lawson and Walker, chipped away. The Green Wave got within 74-71 with 3:33 left and trailed 77-73 with 2:37 left.

But Memphis scored the game's final seven points.

"This is the first time we've all been in this together," Hunter said of Tulane faltering at the end. "I'm really proud of my kids. I know where this program is going, and I know what we're already getting done."

Meanwhile, Hardaway recognized his team's improvement in both the assists and limiting turnovers.

"You're going to have between eight and 12," Hardaway said of turnovers. "That's going to happen with the way that we play. If we can keep it around there, we're going to be very successful in this league."

BIG PICTURE

Tulane: This was a much better Tulane team than the one that was winless last season in AAC play. Using graduate transfers such as Lawson, the Green Wave made the game competitive and only their failure to score in the closing minutes of each half stymied their chances. "Those days of Tulane struggling are over. ... I'll guarantee you that," Hunter said.

Memphis: The Tigers were able to cut down on the turnovers that plagued them the last two games. Memphis had only 12 miscues, about half of what it committed in its previous two wins. Shooting 54% for the game helped Memphis maintain its advantage as Tulane made a late run.

EMOTIONAL LAWSON

When asked about the Memphis fans booing him, Lawson initially tried to downplay it. "You know, it really doesn't matter," Lawson said. "A prophet is always hated in his own times. ... I love Memphis at the end of the day. I want to buy a house in Memphis."

Tulane coach Ron Hunter expressed his displeasure with the booing. "I thought it was very disrespectful."

Eventually, Lawson became emotional about the return.

UP NEXT

Tulane: Hosts Cincinnati on Saturday.

Memphis: Hosts Georgia on Saturday.

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Leaders

Tulane PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. McGee 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Lawson 22 0 2 5 0 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Ellis 0 0 0 2 1 0
L. Quinones 16 0 2 3 0 0

Team Comparison

Tul Mem
Points For 73 84
Field Goals 25/62-40% 34/63-54%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 9/26-35%
Free Throws 15/18-83% 7/15-47%
Offensive Rebounds 7 9
Defensive Rebounds 22 32
Rebounds 29 45
Blocks 0 4
Steals 5 2
Turnovers 10 12
Personal Fouls 19 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 30 Tul 73 @ Mem 84 N. Thomas 3 M. Dandridge 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 15,544
Game Time: