Tigers Survive Against Marshall

Tigers Survive Against Marshall

Joe Jackson had 16 points and 5 assists. Adonis Thomas added 15 points and 4 rebounds.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Joe Jackson scored 16 points, Chris Crawford hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining and the Memphis Tigers won their 10th consecutive game with a 73-72 victory over Marshall Saturday afternoon.

Crawford's free throws were followed by a 3-pointer by Marshall's DeAndre Kane as the horn sounded. It wasn't enough as the Thundering Herd (9-11, 2-3 Conference USA) dropped their third game in the last four matchups.

Adonis Thomas added 15 points and Shaq Goodwin chipped in 11 for Memphis (16-3, 5-0). Jackson also had five assists.

Kane led the Thundering Herd with 22 points, and converted nine of his 18 shots. D.D. Scarver, who was key in Marshall's second-half rally, finished with 20. Dennis Tinnon had nine points and nine rebounds for the Herd.

Marshall never led in the game, but stayed within striking distance through much of the second half.

Marshall's first half was much better than the disaster of their last game -- a 102-46 loss at Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, when they trailed by as many as 40 points before intermission.

Memphis shot 54.2 percent (13 of 24) in the first half Saturday, but could manage only a 38-33 lead. Thomas, who has struggled offensively in recent games, had 12 points before intermission.

Kane led the Herd with 11 points, and missed only two of his seven shots. He was the only Marshall player who connected with any accuracy. The Herd shot 13 of 32 (40.6 percent), including 3 of 11 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Memphis built the lead to double digits with eight unanswered points. It was capped by an offensive rebound and put-back from Tarik Black.

The Herd answered with their own 13-3 rally to erase the Tigers' lead. Kane had a couple of baskets, and Scarver added a 3-pointer.

The game remained close as Memphis suffered through foul problems, and Marshall continued to chip away at the lead. Scarver had seven early points in the half, and his 3-pointer pulled Marshall within 49-47.

While the Tigers didn't relinquish the lead, they never created much of a buffer either. They held the lead at five to seven points through the middle stages of the second half.

Marshall stayed close by taking the ball to the rim, and creeped within four points on several occasions.

Elijah Pittman scored inside with 3:10 left, and Marshall trailed 66-64. Less than a minute later, Scarver connected on a three, and the Thundering Herd was within 68-67.

Memphis still held a 71-69 lead, but Geron Johnson missed two free throws with 20.5 seconds left, which gave Marshall a chance.

Pittman's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left was short, and left Marshall no choice but to foul. Crawford hit both of the ensuing free throws, which was enough of a lead for Memphis to allow the uncontested 3-pointer by Kane at the end.
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