NCAAB Game Recap - Cincinnati at Memphis
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:00 PM EST

SCla
54
Gonz
104
F
Oreg
61
WaSt
72
F
Colora
68
AzSt
61
F
Cin
49
Mem
60
F
Lipsco
57
NJIT
75
F
Army
79
HolyC
67
F
Radf
63
USC-Up
59
F
HiPt
68
UNCA
66
F
KennSt
51
FlGlf
73
F
NFla
75
Jacksn
68
F
ArkSt
80
App
83
F(OT)
Stetsn
54
N AL
49
F
GaSo
82
Troy
66
F
YSU
63
NoKY
88
F
Presb
74
Longw
67
F
Winth
116
Hamp
95
F
Clev
62
WriSt
75
F
Hof
63
UNCW
61
F
Maris
66
Monm
74
F
Charl
77
Marsh
75
F
Quin
57
Manh
69
F
MidTN
94
FlAtl
97
F(OT)
UAB
68
FlInt
93
F
Elon
41
Drex
63
F
W&M
77
Del
68
F
ArkLR
71
CoCar
55
F
NE
79
Charl
76
F
ChaSo
77
Campbl
62
F
Rice
56
LaTec
72
F
Detr
90
WIMil
84
F
Oakl
69
WIGB
73
F
OlDom
69
W Ky
71
F
Oral
87
W IL
70
F
TexAr
81
ULLa
65
F
GASt
72
SthAL
63
F
N TX
72
SoMis
52
F
TxSt
64
ULMo
63
F
CSBak
74
UMKC
64
F(OT)
SIU
48
LoyIL
64
F
IlSt
74
Drake
84
F
GrCan
78
ChiSt
64
F
APSU
84
SEMO
59
F
Utah
77
Ariz
93
F
JacSt
69
E IL
70
F
Murr
84
TN-M
62
F
LoyMa
67
Pepp
75
F
NMSt
70
UtVal
56
F
NoAZ
75
S UT
72
F
Sac
52
N CO
71
F
Web
76
IdaSt
68
F(OT)
USD
70
BYU
93
F
E KY
56
Belm
87
F
TNTec
72
SIU-E
69
F
MorSt
48
TNSt
64
F
CSNor
80
UCRiv
68
F
UTRGV
74
Seatt
91
F
Pacif
65
Portl
55
F
UCDav
85
LongB
82
F
Cal
56
USC
88
F
E WA
78
Ida
75
F
OrSt
56
Wash
64
F
CAPoly
61
HI
65
F

Jan 16, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Cincinnati (10-7)

20

29

49

(22) Memphis (14-3)

31

29

60

Jeffries, Achiuwa lead No. 22 Memphis past Cincinnati 60-49
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:53 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) In a game where rallies were answered by rallies and droughts crept in, No. 22 Memphis was able to close the game for its second straight win.

DJ Jeffries scored 18 points, Precious Achiuwa added 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers used a second-half surge to defeat Cincinnati 60-49 on Thursday night.

"It was a tale of runs," Cincinnati coach John Brannen said.

Lester Quinones added 13 points, seven coming in the final five minutes as the Tigers (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) broke a six-game losing streak to the Bearcats.

Jarron Cumberland, the defending American Athletic Conference player of the year, led Cincinnati (10-7, 3-2) with 19 points, while Keith Williams scored 12, going 4 of 14 from the field, part of the Bearcats struggling to a 30% shooting night. Brannen noted that his team missed 19 shots at the rim, some of those turned away by eight Memphis blocks.

"Their defense is elite," Brannen said. "They've got one of the top defensive teams in the country. .You can't have missed opportunities in front of however many people were here against a Top 20 team. You can't."

Memphis had stretched a 31-20 halftime lead to 15 points early in the second half, but the Bearcats crafted a 13-0 rally to pull close. The run would eventually reach 18-2, giving Cincinnati a 38-37 lead on a 3-pointer by Cumberland with 12:37 left.

But in a game of runs, Memphis answered with 10 straight points to take the lead for good as Cincinnati managed only one field goal - a 3-pointer in the closing seconds - over the final 4:34.

"I was disappointed in the last three minutes," Brannen said. "Our character the last few minutes wasn't great."

A key moment came with 3:31 left and Memphis clinging to a 50-46 lead. Brannen thought Cumberland was fouled on a drive and his vociferous reaction drew a technical. Quinones converted the two free throws and Memphis scored on a layup on the ensuing possession, taking the lead back to eight, 54-46.

"That was something that was huge," Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. "Jarron (Cumberland) always drives to the basket, and he almost torpedoes himself into the players. All we talked about this week was verticality jump to where we weren't going to foul him. If you do the verticality jump, (officials are) going to reward the defense."

Memphis used a late-first quarter burst, including seven straight points to lead at halftime. Whether from defense or inaccurate shooting, the teams went long stretches of the first half without scoring.

At one point, the score was stuck at 9-4 for almost five minutes.

In the final minutes, it was Memphis closing the game with a 10-3 burst. And Hardaway thinks the experience of overcoming a deficit will help his team the rest of the season.

"I think that will be rewarded," Hardaway said, "because we've been in a ton of battles. More than I want. But when we've been in games where you've been down and come back and won, that's what this team has shown."

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: Much of the game, the Bearcats relied on Cumberland for offense, everything going through the reigning conference player of the year. While Cumberland scored above his 13.3 average, he got little help from others.

Memphis: The Tigers had retaken the lead when Quinones got untracked offensively, his scoring in the closing minutes stretching Memphis's advantage. Achiuwa again was solid for Memphis, but Jeffries, who recently recovered from the flu, provided the necessary offense.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Memphis only dropped one spot in last week's poll despite a road loss to No. 16 Wichita State. With no games scheduled through this weekend, the Cincinnati win should at least hold the Tigers in the No. 22 spot or higher depending on other teams above them.

THE TECHNICAL

Brannen said he didn't understand why he got the technical late in the game as Memphis made its final run, but he didn't think that affected the outcome. "I felt like there should have been a foul," he said. "I didn't curse the official. Not sure why I got a technical. . I guess I got too mad at him."

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: hosts East Carolina on Sunday.

Memphis: plays at Tulsa next Wednesday.

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Leaders

Cincinnati PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Diarra 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Sorolla 0 0 0 0 1 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Baugh 0 0 2 4 0 0
L. Thomas 0 0 0 1 1 0

Team Comparison

Cin Mem
Points For 49 60
Field Goals 18/60-30% 21/51-41%
Three Pointers 6/17-35% 9/25-36%
Free Throws 7/12-58% 9/12-75%
Offensive Rebounds 16 7
Defensive Rebounds 22 29
Rebounds 43 37
Blocks 4 8
Steals 7 8
Turnovers 16 17
Personal Fouls 13 13
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 16 Cin 49 @ Mem 60 M. Adams-Woods 2 T. Harris 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 16,079
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