NCAAB Game Recap - Houston at Memphis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Kansas
64
Baylor
61
F
Gonz
78
BYU
91
F
UNLV
66
SDSU
63
F
Duques
70
Dayt
80
F
VaTec
64
Duke
88
F
FlaSt
67
NCSU
61
F
Fla
59
KY
65
F
UNC
55
Lou
72
F
Vill
64
Xav
55
F
Tenn
66
Aub
73
F
Oreg
73
Ariz
72
F(OT)
WVU
60
TCU
67
F(OT)
UCLA
70
Colora
63
F
Marq
72
Prov
84
F
Hou
59
Mem
60
F
Tul
75
UCF
74
F
UVA
59
Pitt
56
F
Woff
66
Furm
67
F
MidTN
61
SoMis
53
F
Mizzu
68
Ark
78
F
Hamp
87
Winth
81
F
UNCG
71
VMI
68
F
E MI
55
Ball
64
F
CBap
95
ChiSt
53
F
Navy
75
Army
86
F(OT)
Tex
70
KansSt
59
F
NoKY
61
YSU
59
F
Toled
68
W MI
59
F
Elon
71
Tows
84
F
Mich
71
Purd
63
F
NE
77
Drex
68
F
SthAL
74
CoCar
71
F
ETSU
80
Samf
74
F
SMU
57
Tuls
79
F
Murr
59
SIU-E
58
F
NebOm
93
W IL
86
F
GaSo
81
TexAr
61
F
WriSt
81
Clev
74
F(OT)
MisSt
75
TexAM
87
F
LoyIL
62
MOSt
74
F
ULLa
77
ULMo
83
F
TNSt
63
MorSt
66
F
LaTec
73
N TX
71
F
SCSt
65
BethC
69
F(OT)
GaTec
72
Syr
79
F
Okla
66
OkSt
83
F
LaSal
72
GrgWas
62
F
Troy
59
App
68
F
GrCan
80
UtVal
92
F
SJSU
71
ColSt
78
F
Wyo
78
AF
72
F
Hartfo
75
Bingha
74
F
FlGlf
55
NJIT
39
F
W&M
78
JMU
74
F
UMass
57
Ford
49
F
Hof
78
Del
62
F
MiaO
65
Akr
75
F
IUPUI
72
IL-C
77
F
MD-ES
55
NCC
74
F
Norf
63
FlaAM
66
F
DelSt
86
Copp
98
F
StJos
55
GMas
62
F
CenMI
81
NIU
82
F(OT)
NOrl
82
McNee
77
F
Drake
53
IlSt
57
F
Mercer
85
Chat
80
F
USC-Up
60
Radf
81
F
Presb
64
UNCA
75
F
Ohio
61
BGSU
62
F
Nich
65
CenAR
84
F
How
67
NCAT
71
F
APSU
80
E IL
83
F(OT)
Lipsco
74
NFla
82
F
ArkLR
81
ArkSt
78
F
Sac
67
Ida
56
F
GASt
76
TxSt
86
F
AbCh
75
SeLA
69
F
TN-M
58
JacSt
72
F
Campbl
61
GWebb
73
F
Stetsn
49
Lib
77
F
NoAZ
70
E WA
80
F
SFA
80
InWor
56
F
URI
75
David
77
F(OT)
SEMO
62
TNTec
71
F
TXAMC
62
Lamar
79
F
TXSo
94
MsVl
92
F
KennSt
55
Jacksn
69
F
TxTch
87
IaSt
57
F
Cal
52
Wash
87
F
Pepp
61
USF
63
F(OT)
UGA
80
Vand
78
F
LSU
86
SCar
80
F
Brown
45
Corn
63
F
Clem
82
BC
64
F
JackSt
61
Gram
63
F
HBU
73
SamH
77
F
Rich
71
StBon
75
F
South
56
AlSt
44
F
Charl
72
W Ky
70
F
Rice
62
UTEP
68
F
OlDom
66
Marsh
74
F
UAB
58
FlAtl
65
F
HI
60
LongB
64
F
HiPt
54
Longw
57
F
UNH
68
Albany
56
F
UMBC
66
Vermt
64
F
Maine
46
Stony
54
F
Charl
55
UNCW
68
F
Penn
65
Harv
69
F
Belm
83
E KY
70
F
Princ
65
Dart
62
F
Yale
83
Colum
65
F
Alc
61
AlaAM
71
F
Citad
84
WCU
96
F
USD
63
StMar
92
F
OrSt
73
AzSt
74
F
NDSt
68
N DA
71
F
Brad
78
Valpa
90
F
Alab
103
Miss
78
F
PVAM
69
ArkPB
61
F
GTown
68
DeP
74
F
S UT
71
Web
82
F
UTRGV
62
NMSt
78
F
Mont
59
MTSt
54
F
N CO
85
IdaSt
72
F
UCRiv
61
CAPoly
49
F
CSBak
54
Seatt
69
F
UCDav
56
UCSB
70
F
LoyMa
66
Portl
58
F
SCla
74
Pacif
87
F
UCIrv
87
CSNor
64
F
Fres
76
Nev
78
F

Memphis 60, Houston 59

Feb 22, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(22) Houston (21-7)

23

36

59

Memphis (19-8)

27

33

60

Achiuwa's free throw gives Memphis win over No. 22 Houston
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:08 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis overcame its trouble closing out games, dispatching Houston with defense down the stretch.

A free throw by Precious Achiuwa with 28.2 seconds left gave the Tigers a 60-59 victory over the 22nd-ranked Cougars on Saturday, but Memphis sealed the win by keeping the Cougars from scoring in the closing seconds.

Houston missed four shots in the final 2:23, the last one with Achiuwa guarding Houston's Caleb Mills, who led the Cougars with 21 points.

"I can't think of a better designed (play) than to get the ball to Caleb Mills in space for the last shot," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said, later noting that Mills was 7 of 14 from the field "on that same play. So why wouldn't we run it again?"

Malcolm Dandridge led the Tigers with 12 points, making all five of his shots. Achiuwa scored 10 points, as did Tyler Harris and Lester Quinones.

The Tigers (19-8, 8-6 American Athletic Conference) had seen leads slip away at home in losses to SMU, Georgia, South Florida and others this season. This time, Memphis held on.

"It's a confidence booster for sure," Harris said. "Going into these next couple of games, we have a swagger about ourselves."

The Cougars struggled from the field. Mills scored 18 points and Marcus Sasser added 18. But Houston shot less than 26% in the first half and, despite hitting 46% after halftime, the Cougars couldn't convert in the closing minutes.

"Our defense was good," Sampson said. "I thought we defended them well. I thought we rebounded well. We shot 34%. ... We had our chances and we had our opportunities. We've got nobody to blame but ourselves."

Like Memphis, Houston has struggled in close games this season. The Cougars have lost four conference games by a total of six points, and their seven losses have been by a total of 25 points.

"We've lost four games by one point or the last possession. You got to make winning plays," Sampson said, noting they got to the line only 12 times and made nine. "Then we had some opportunities to make big shots, and that's the difference between winning and losing."

Sasser's 3-pointer gave Houston the lead with just under seven minutes left. It started a string of nine straight points for Sasser.

The teams exchanged leads down the stretch. Mills converted a pair of free throws with 47 seconds left to tie it at 59. Achiuwa then made the second of two free throws for the final margin.

"Amazing game for us for a lot of reasons," Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. "A lot of things we did today, we haven't been doing well. ... Today, I felt like for 40 minutes we showed who we were and who we could be defensively and offensively."

BIG PICTURE

Houston is the only AAC member to hold a spot in the AP Top 25. The Cougars could fall out of the poll on Monday.

Memphis: The Tigers needed the win since they are considered on the outside looking in on the NCAA Tournament. Memphis struggled from the field, especially Achiuwa, Boogie Ellis and Quinones, who combined to go 3 of 24.

ROAD WOES

The loss was in keeping with one of Houston's problems this season - all of its Saturday conference games have been on the road.

"This is our fifth Saturday road game," Sampson said. "Not playing a Saturday home game with our kids. So, every Saturday we've played, it's been on the road. We played at Cincinnati on a Saturday, at SMU on a Saturday, at Memphis on a Saturday, at Tulsa on a Saturday. We put ourselves in a position to win every one of those games. The Memphis kids played a little better today."

UP NEXT

Houston: Hosts Cincinnati on March 1.

Memphis: At SMU on Tuesday.

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Leaders

Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Harris Jr. 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Gorham 0 0 0 1 0 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Dandridge 12 0 2 2 3 2
P. Achiuwa 10 0 1 6 2 1

Team Comparison

Hou Mem
Points For 59 60
Field Goals 21/61-34% 18/53-34%
Three Pointers 8/21-38% 3/18-17%
Free Throws 9/12-75% 21/30-70%
Offensive Rebounds 14 8
Defensive Rebounds 29 26
Rebounds 45 37
Blocks 1 5
Steals 4 10
Turnovers 14 8
Personal Fouls 21 15
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 Feb 22 Hou 59 @ Mem 60 C. Alley Jr. 1 B. Ellis 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 17,735
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