‘Other’ Barton leads Memphis to another win over Tennessee
Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 10:15 pm
MEMPHIS (AP) — Antonio Barton is showing he’s just as valuable to the Memphis Tigers as his more heralded brother, Will.
Antonio Barton had 19 points and Tarik Black missed only one of his eight shots, scoring 18 points as Memphis defeated Tennessee 69-51 on Wednesday night.
“You got to have a guy like Antonio on your team to win night in and night out,” Black said. “You can never say anything bad about him. Antonio, he’s going to come out and do what he does. He performs. He’s not a guy who is going to give you 30 tonight or 15 assists or 10 rebounds. No. He just gets his job done.
“Whatever he has to do, he takes care of business.”
Will Barton added 10 points as the Tigers (9-5) used a strong inside game from Black, complemented by Antonio Barton connecting on 5-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-5 outside the arc.
“When they see that Tarik is dominating down low, they tend to double-team him,” Antonio Barton said. “When they do, he finds our perimeter shooters.”
Will Barton, who did not start after being late for a team meeting, finished going only 4-of-13 from the field. Black grabbed seven rebounds, helping Memphis outrebound Tennessee 36-26. That was a change for Memphis, which has not rebounded well all season, and has a tendency to let opponents control the offensive glass.
That didn’t happen against Tennessee.
“I don’t know if we did a good job of attacking the offensive glass more than anything,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. “We weren’t very assertive with our bigs and really attacking the rim.”
Trae Golden led Tennessee (7-7) with 22 points, connecting on 8-of-14 from the field.
The win was the second for Memphis over Tennessee this season. The Tigers won 99-97 in double overtime Nov. 22 at the Maui Classic.
The teams got into a scuffle under the basket with 8:10 left in the game. Memphis guard Joe Jackson was fouled by Wes Washpun on a layup, and players got tangled up.
Washpun and Will Barton were both assessed technical fouls, but there were no ejections.
Martin said he was trying to make sure his players stayed on the bench and the matter didn’t escalate. “You don’t want to make it a crazy scene,” he said.
Meanwhile, Memphis coach Josh Pastner ran out on the court to keep his players from continuing the talking and pushing.
“I just think it was two clubs battling and being competitive,” Pastner said. “It happens. It’s one of those things in the heat of the moment.”
The Tigers would use a 16-4 rally midway through the second half to turn a 10-point advantage into a 65-43 lead with 2:46 left.
“I think we weren’t hitting shots that we necessarily hit,” Golden said of the frustration on offense. “It’s so tough as a player to focus in on defense. That’s something we’ve really got to do. We were shooting shots we weren’t used to shooting. Missing shots. It affected our defense. What it did is that Memphis is such a transition-oriented team that once we missed a shot, they were out and running.”
Memphis benefited from an offense that relied on passes to the rim resulting in dunks. That helped it carry a 28-20 lead into the halftime.
Golden led the Volunteers with 10 points, hitting four of his eight shots in the half. The rest of the Tennessee players were a combined 5-of-22.
Published in The Messenger 1.5.12