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August 20, 2014
Tigers fall to Carleton 92-60
University of Memphis' Pookie Powell had 13 points and Chris Hawkins added 10 points and five rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers fell to Carleton 92-60 Tuesday night at the Ravens' Nest.
Philip Scrubb led all scorers with 30 points. Connor Wood added 21 points for Carleton.
The game concluded the Tigers' Canadian exhibition tour. Memphis finished the tour with a 2-2 record.
Unlike Saturday's game when the Ravens put on a three-point shooting exhibition early, Memphis held Scrubb and his teammates in check from the arc most of the first half. Scrubb had 13 first-half points, but was 1-of-4 from the arc. The Ravens, as a team, were only 2-of-12 from the three-point line in the first half.
Carleton, however, began taking advantage of Memphis' fatigue in the second half, as Tuesday's game was the Tigers' fourth in four nights. The Ravens last played Saturday versus the Tigers.
"I thought we played well defensively the first half, but we just could not score," said head coach Josh Pastner. "And, it went downhill the second half. When you're 1-of-12 from the three-point line, have 21 turnovers and 19-of-33 from the free throw line, you're not going to win too many games."
The Ravens hit six treys in the third period alone (6-of-7), which was more than their total (2) in the first half. Carleton was 9-of-11 from the arc in the second half.
Carleton also took advantage at the foul line, hitting 21-of-23 free throws. Memphis was 19-of-33 from the free throw line. The Tigers also had 21 turnovers compared to Carleton's 10 miscues.
"There's no excuse for fatigue, but our guys were a little worn down tonight," said Pastner. "We played only eight players four-straight nights.
"However, we need to get tougher. We weren't a tough team other than the second game of this tour. In the second game versus Ottawa, we were a tough team. The other three games, we weren't tough. But, we will address that in our preseason workouts.
"We came here for the competition. We could have gone elsewhere and won games. But, I wanted the competition. We needed to get exposed, so we could see our weaknesses and how to improve in those areas."
Memphis started the game with a 6-4 lead on baskets by Shaq Goodwin, Nick King and Avery Woodson. That 6-4 advantage was the Tigers' last of the contest, as the Ravens went on a 14-1 run over the next three minutes to take an 18-7 lead. Connor Wood accounted for eight points in the run (three-pointer, two free throws, assisted on a trey). Carleton did not trail the rest of the game.
The Tigers closed the first period trailing by only nine at 20-11.
In the second period, Memphis stayed within single digits five minutes in at 28-19, but another Carleton run stretched the lead to double digits. The Ravens put together an 8-2 spurt to take a 36-21 lead. The Tigers, though, got baskets from Dominic Magee and Markel Crawford to close the gap to 13 points at 38-25 at the break.
After shooting only 2-of-12 from the arc in the first half, Carleton got hot from the three-point line in the third period. The Ravens hit six triples in the third period and increased their lead to 25 points at 71-46.
Goodwin scored nine points, while King and Woodson added eight apiece. King and Woodson each grabbed a team-high six boards. The Tigers won the battle on the glass, 41-25.
Memphis shot 40 percent from the field and 57.6 percent from the foul line. Carleton hit 52.6 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from the arc and 91.3 percent from the charity stripe.