Vols’ hope taken away by Memphis
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7:01 pm
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — In control most of the way after a big run early, No. 8 Memphis let Tennessee back in the game, even gave the Vols have a a couple chances to win it.
The Tigers needed two overtimes to get through, but they pulled out the victory, a big step after a short turnaround.
Will Barton had 25 points and 11 rebounds, brother Antonio Barton hit a big jumper in the second overtime, and No. 8 Memphis held off Tennessee 99-97 in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
A day after bogging down against No. 15 Michigan, Memphis (2-1) had its up-tempo game going in full gear while building a 16-point lead in the first half. The Tigers let Tennessee claw its way back and had to survive last-second shots in both overtimes to pull out the victory.
Antonio Barton had 21 points and Adonis Thomas added 19 points for Memphis.
“I was extremely proud of our guys to be able to come back. It’s not easy to do that,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “We lost a tough game yesterday morning, our psyche was a little down.”
Jeronne Maymon almost single-handedly led the Vols (2-2) to victory, with 32 points, 20 rebounds and a tying shot in the closing seconds of regulation. Maymon also hit 16 of 17 free throws, but his turnaround jumper at the second overtime buzzer fell short.
Tennessee dug its way out of the deep first-half hole, tying it on Maymon’s hard drive with five seconds left in regulation.
Neither team could hit last-second shots in the first overtime and Memphis went up 99-97 in the second on Antonio Barton’s jumper with 75 seconds left. After the teams traded misses, Tennessee’s Trae Golden had the ball stripped on a drive with three seconds left and Memphis stole the inbound pass, but lost the ball on a traveling call.
The Vols got the ball in to Maymon for a good look, but Memphis challenged and the ball fell harmlessly to the court.
“A well-played game, a lot of points scored,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. “I thought both teams played extremely hard, especially in the second half. They just made just enough plays to win the ballgame.”
Will Barton had no trouble attacking against Tennessee, scoring 11 points in the first nine minutes. The rest of his teammates weren’t bad, either, hitting threes and throwing down dunks during a 16-0 run that put the Tigers up 40-24.
Published in The Messenger 11.23.11