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August 19, 2014
Tigers defeat Mcgill 93-71
University of Memphis' Shaq Goodwin and Nick King each scored 16 points to lead the Tigers to a 93-71 exhibition-game victory over McGill University Monday night at Love Hall. The game was played with a 24-second shot clock instead of the 30-second clock as in the Tigers' previous two exhibition games.
For the second game in a row, the Tigers had five players in double figures. In addition to Goodwin and King, Kuran Iverson (15 points), Chris Hawkins (12) and Avery Woodson (11) scored in double digits.
King led Memphis with six rebounds, while Goodwin, Hawkins and Powell each added five boards. Crawford, Magee and Powell each dished out three assists to lead the Tigers.
The Redmen scored the game's first two points on a Sebastian Beckett jumper, but the Tigers responded with 14-straight points to take a 14-2 lead and control of the contest. Avery Woodson started the run with a three-pointer and five other Tigers scored in the spurt. Memphis closed the first period with a 19-5 lead.
In the second period, Memphis increased its advantage to as many as 20 points at 32-12. Goodwin and Iverson each scored four points early in the second period to help the Tigers build their lead. The Redmen cut the Tigers' lead to 14 points with 2:03 left before halftime, but Memphis increased its lead to 19 points at 40-21 when Goodwin slammed home a Powell bounce pass off the backboard just before the halftime buzzer.
"I liked how we started the game, but we let our foot off the gas," said head coach Josh Pastner. "It's something we have to work on. If we don't have that killer instinct, we're going to get beat. That's a sign of an immature team. When we get a team down, we have to keep them down and keep drilling them."
Early in the third period, Memphis built on its lead again, holding a 22-point advantage at 51-29 with 8:10 on the clock. A King three-pointer highlighted the Tigers' third period-opening 11-8 spurt.
The Redmen, however, did not fold. Over the next seven minutes, McGill chipped away and sliced the Memphis lead to 11 points on two occasions, the last at 60-49 late in the third period. Memphis, though, answered with a 10-2 run to close the third quarter and take a 70-51 lead into the final period. An Iverson layup and Powell deep three-pointer helped the Tigers rebuild its advantage.
In the final quarter, Memphis maintained its lead throughout, with the Redmen getting only as close as 15 points.
Memphis shot 57.6 percent from the field, but only 64.5 percent from the free throw line (20-of-31). The Tigers out-rebounded McGill 41-24 and had 23 turnovers.
"We had too many turnovers tonight," said Pastner. "Markel and Pookie have to be better handling the ball. I know we may have had a little fatigue playing three games in three nights, but we can't use that as an excuse."
Vincent Dufort led McGill with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds. Thomas Lacy was the Redmen's only other double-figure scorer with 16 points.
The Tigers wrap up their Canadian exhibition tour Tuesday with a second match-up against Carleton University. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT).
Memphis dropped an 86-76 decision to Carleton Saturday. The Tigers were down 55-29 at the half and 71-39 at one point in the second half, before battling back to cut the Ravens' lead to nine at 82-73 late in the final quarter.
"Carleton is a very good team, and I hope we play better against them the second time tomorrow night," said Pastner.