NCAAB Game Recap - Memphis at Houston
Sun Mar 8, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Drex
43
Hof
61
F
Lafy
64
Colg
89
F
Lipsco
57
Lib
73
F
WCU
75
ETSU
97
F
Hamp
68
Winth
76
F
Elon
68
W&M
63
F
Buck
61
Boston
64
F
NE
72
Tows
62
F
N DA
74
SDak
71
F
Valpa
66
Brad
80
F
Del
79
Charl
67
F
NebOm
52
Oral
79
F
Woff
72
Chat
70
F
Mich
70
MD
83
F
OhSt
69
MSU
80
F
Iowa
76
Ill
78
F
Mem
57
Hou
64
F
Nebras
75
Minn
107
F
ECU
62
UCF
94
F
Tuls
57
WichSt
79
F
UConn
80
Tul
76
F

Houston 64, Memphis 57

Mar 8, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

T

Memphis (21-10)

30

27

57

(21) Houston (23-8)

26

38

64

White, Grimes lead No. 21 Houston to 64-57 win over Memphis
Sun Mar 8, 2020 4:15 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Fabian White Jr. kept Houston close before Quentin Grimes provided the late spark to finish the regular season with a win.

White had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Grimes added 17 points and No. 21 Houston defeated Memphis 64-57 on Sunday.

Grimes had 15 second-half points, which led to a big run for the Cougars (23-8, 13-5 American Athletic Conference).

"He struggled early in the first half," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "He does that sometimes, but you have to stay with it because I know how good he is. Sometimes they've got to get out of their own way. When he gets out of his own way and gives himself permission to go be a dominant player, he can do it."

Nate Hinton had 13 points for Houston, which shot 34%, including 48% in the second half.

"You're not always going to make shots," Sampson said. "We go into every game knowing that we have to defend and rebound. . I don't want to lead the nation in offensive rebounds. I'd rather lead the nation in offensive field goal percentage, but if you're not going to make shots, you better know how to fetch it."

The Cougars forced 17 turnovers by Memphis, which they turned into 18 points. Houston also had a 45-41 advantage in rebounding and a 17-8 edge in second-chance points.

Houston will finish at least in a tie for second in the American.

Precious Achiuwa had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Lester Quinones added 10 points for Memphis (21-10, 10-8). The Tigers shot 36%, including 6 of 24 on 3-pointers.

"We understand what it was going to be like coming here," Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. "We knew it was going to be about protecting the ball and boxing out, and we didn't get it done. I have to do a better job of doing that with my squad, of being more prepared to play a game like this. They are going to give you 40 minutes of nothing but energy, and you have to be prepared for it."

Trailing 41-39 midway through the second half, Grimes ignited Houston to a 17-2 run to give the Cougars a 53-43 lead on a layup with 3:15 remaining.

"Once I came in there, the game was flowing right," Grimes said. "We had some good plays defensively, come down get into a rhythm, make a few shots. When you make a few shots, you keep shooting them, keep taking them. That's what I'm going to do."

Memphis led 30-26 at the half behind 16 points from Achiuwa.

BIG PICTURE

Memphis: The Tigers missed a chance to help their NCAA Tournament resume and fell to 2-3 this season against ranked opponents. . Excluding Achiuwa and Quinones, Memphis shot 5 for 19 from the field. . The Tigers were 5-6 on the road this season.

"We're already short-handed, so all hands on deck every time we go out on the floor," Hardaway said. "Precious had a monster game with 25 and 15. Lester got into double-figures, but you need everything. Boogie (Ellis) was 1 for 8 and Tyler (Harris) was 1 for 5, so we need everybody on that same page. We couldn't get it done today."

Houston: The Cougars had another poor shooting first half, hitting 22%, including missing their last nine field goals over the final 5:13 of the half. . Houston finished the season 14-2 at home and won its last 10 straight at home. . Houston was 8-0 following a loss this season.

"These guys all have internal clocks," Sampson said of Houston's first half shooting for the morning tipoff. "These guys aren't great shooters anyway, and they dog gone sure not good at 10 o'clock in the morning. We just needed to get to the afternoon. We shoot a lot better in the afternoons compared to the mornings."

UP NEXT

The American Athletic Conference Tournament in Fort Worth. Houston earned a bye into the quarterfinals and will play on Friday, while Memphis will play on Thursday in the first round.

---

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Leaders

Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Maurice 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Dandridge 0 0 0 2 0 0
Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
F. White 18 0 0 14 0 1
Q. Grimes 17 0 1 3 0 0

Team Comparison

Mem Hou
Points For 57 64
Field Goals 18/50-36% 23/67-34%
Three Pointers 6/24-25% 3/13-23%
Free Throws 15/21-71% 15/23-65%
Offensive Rebounds 10 19
Defensive Rebounds 31 26
Rebounds 45 49
Blocks 4 4
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 17 8
Personal Fouls 22 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Feb 22 Hou 59 @ Mem 60 C. Alley Jr. 1 B. Ellis 2
Sun Mar 8 Mem 57 @ Hou 64 D. Baugh 1 B. Gresham 1

Game Information

Stadium: Fertitta Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 7,129
Game Time: