Memphis vs Miami (Fla.)

Memphis goes inside, wins at Miami wire reports

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Will Barton leaped for one final alley-oop dunk with a minute left, and when he landed near the Memphis Tigers' bench, he was grinning at his cheering teammates.

The high-flying sophomore scored three times on the receiving end of lobs Tuesday night, and his career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds helped No. 21-ranked Memphis overcome a poor night of outside shooting to beat the Miami Hurricanes 71-54.

The Tigers, who sank 15 3-pointers in a rout three nights earlier, went 1 for 12 from beyond the arc. But they repeatedly worked the ball inside in the second half to pull away, and scored four times on alley-oops.

"Our point guards are going to find you in the air," Barton said. "All you have to do is get to the rim."

Coach Josh Pastner liked the lobs.

"As long as they keep converting them, keep throwing them," he said.

Memphis (5-2) fell behind 7-0 but pulled away in the second half to win its third game in a row.

"When you're on the road, it's not going to be pretty," Pastner said. "We were able to grind this one out."

The Hurricanes (5-3) lost in their first game against a ranked team, and the defeat snapped a streak of 27 consecutive nonconference home victories.

Barton shot 12 for 20 while adding four steals. He had five offensive rebounds.

"He looked like an animal out there the way he hit the boards," teammate Chris Crawford said.

Crawford totaled nine points, four steals and five assists, including two on lobs to Barton.

"The timing's got to be right," Crawford said. "It's always fun to get highlight plays in the game."

Miami coach Jim Larranaga said that while his team defended the perimeter shots well, Memphis penetrated too easily.

"They were able to get by us and force help, and then the guy just threw it up in the air," Larranaga said. "You're shooting at point-blank range with no one jumping up there with you."

Adonis Thomas had 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who enjoyed a 44-37 advantage on the boards.

"Right now we're just a little small," Larranaga said. "They had a height advantage. We just did not have enough resistance defensively."

The Hurricanes cooled off after their fast start and finished at 36 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line. Their point total was a season low.

Miami's talented guard trio of Durand Scott, Malcolm Grant and Shane Larkin combined for only 22 points. Kenny Kadji had 12 points for the Hurricanes, and Scott and Trey McKinney Jones added 10 apiece.

There were seven lead changes in the first half. The Tigers took a 27-26 lead into the second half and slowly pulled away.

"Miami was a good team," Barton said. "The difference was us staying tough. We never caved in."

Joe Jackson was 0 for 6 from the field before he sank the Tigers' only 3-pointer to put them up 40-35.

Crawford fed Barton for scores on consecutive possessions, then converted a three-point play that made it 53-46. Stan Simpson's layup gave the Tigers their first double-digit margin, 59-49, and the Tigers sank eight free throws in the final four minutes to increase their cushion.

"They had an answer for everything," Kadji said. "Credit to them."

The Hurricanes sank consecutive 3-pointers en route to the 7-0 lead. Barton made a steal and dunk for the Tigers' first basket, then scored on their next two possessions as well.

Barton dunked on an alley-oop pass from Crawford to give the Tigers their first lead, 14-13. The Hurricanes missed eight of their final nine shots in the opening half to fall behind for good.

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Will Barton has his way with the overmatched Hurricanes with 27 points and 14 rebounds.  (AP)
Will Barton has his way with the overmatched Hurricanes with 27 points and 14 rebounds. (AP)
Memphis #21 (5-2) «274471
Miami (Fla.) (5-3)262854
MEM:W. Barton 27 Pts
MEM:W. Barton 14 Reb
MEM:C. Crawford 5 Ast
MIA:K. Kadji 12 Pts
MIA:K. Kadji 6 Reb
MIA:D. Scott 5 Ast

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MemphisMiami (Fla.)
Will Barton
Kenny Kadji
Memphis Tigers
W. Barton, G3912-203-7143127
C. Crawford, G304-61-11549
J. Jackson, G251-75-61318
W. Witherspoon, G-F150-60-04020
S. Simpson, F133-32-21038
A. Thomas, G-F283-110-010016
T. Black, F263-43-46049
A. Barton, G242-30-01134
C. Carmouche, GDid Not Play
P. Laird, GDid Not Play
D. Barham, GDid Not Play
D. Stephens, G-FDid Not Play
F. Hall, FDid Not Play
C. Holt, GDid Not Play
H. Tsafack, FDid Not Play
T. Draper, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-6014-2038121971
Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
T. McKinney Jones, G364-80-051410
D. Scott, G324-121-365110
M. Grant, G292-90-02015
S. Larkin, G263-81-13007
R. Akpejiori, F130-12-42022
K. Kadji, F-C255-102-660212
R. Brown, G191-43-41006
E. Swoope, F151-40-04052
G. Adams, G50-00-00000
R. Johnson, CDid Not Play
R. Quigtar, GDid Not Play
J. Heller, GDid Not Play
B. Daniels, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-569-182961554
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.13-525-1078
La. Tech12-623-9122
Old Dominion12-622-13140
Western Ky.8-1018-16158
North Texas7-1112-20295
So. Miss5-138-21315
UT-San Antonio3-155-27347

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Miami (Fla.)13-527-89
Notre Dame11-724-1231
Va. Tech10-820-1589
Florida St.8-1020-1482
Georgia Tech8-1021-1569
NC State5-1316-17123
Wake Forest2-1611-20159
Boston College0-187-25250
Other games
VMI 70 Final
MRSH 56 Final
Syracuse 62
EVAN 48 Final
NC 97
Missouri 81 Final
LB St 80 Final
Kansas 88
Wash 77 Final
MU 79