NCAA Game Summary - Nicholls at Memphis
(Saturday, November 23rd)
Final Score: (11) Memphis 98, Nicholls 59
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Freshman big man Austin Nichols turned in
the best game of his young career with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting as the
11th-ranked Memphis Tigers rolled past Nicholls State, 98-59, at FedExForum on
Joe Jackson sank 14-of-15 from the foul line en route to 18 points for
Memphis, which bounced back after getting routed by Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
"Joe did a great job from the free throw line," said Memphis head coach Josh
Pastner. "He really stepped up and made them. I am really proud of Joe."
Missouri transfer Michael Dixon, Jr. also enjoyed his best game as a Tiger, as
the senior hit 5-of-6 shots and all three from behind the arc for 16 points
off the bench. Nick King and Chris Crawford added 12 and 11 points,
Jeremy Smith was the lone Nicholls State (0-4) player in double figures with
16 points. Liam Thomas pulled down nine rebounds in defeat.
"I was pleased with some things that happened within the game, but obviously
there were too many things that we didn't do well," said Nicholls State head
coach J.P. Piper.
Memphis grabbed a quick 16-4 edge on Dixon's three-point play at the 14:09
mark, but Nicholls refused to quit early on. Luke Doyle's steal and 3-pointer
in transition midway through the first had the Colonels down just 29-22.
Memphis led by 10 when Nichols sparked a 17-5 run to close out the half. His
layups around four Jackson free throws pushed it to 42-24 before the final
media timeout. Another Nichols layup and a Jackson three-point play extended
the lead to 23 points, and Crawford made it 51-29 at the break with his layup
in the final minute.
Geron Johnson's only made field goal came early in the second half following a
Colonels' turnover. Shaq Goodwin fed Johnson slashing through the lane and the
senior guard finished with authority to set the tone for the rest of the
Memphis shot 52.5 percent from the floor to NSU's 35.9 percent ... Nicholls
State has lost by 14 points or more in all four games this season ... Memphis
will meet Siena next Thursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
11/23 22:22:29 ET
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