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.
Barton, who did not start after being late for a team meeting, finished 4 of 13 from the field. Black grabbed seven rebounds, helping Memphis outrebound Tennessee 36-26.
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Memphis shows toughness during blowout of Tennessee
Trae Golden led Tennessee (7-7) with 22 points, connecting on 8 of 14 from the field.
The victory was the second for Memphis against 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.
Memphis 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.
Memphis benefited from an offense that relied on passes to the rim resulting in dunks. That helped Memphis carry a 28-20 lead into the halftime.
No Memphis player was in double figures. Golden led the Volunteers with 10 points, hitting 4 of his 8 shots in the half. The rest of the Tennessee players were a combined 5 of 22.
Memphis used the dunks to shoot 40.7 percent (11 of 27) for the half. Both teams were 2 of 10 from 3-point range.
The first half was close before a dunk by Black was followed by a 3-pointer from Chris Crawford to give Tigers a 22-15 lead with 5:21 left in the half.
Golden connected on consecutive 3-pointers for Tennessee, but Memphis was able to hold onto its lead at the break.
The Memphis lead would finally reach double digits on a 3-pointer by Antonio Barton, and would stretch to 44-32 as he connected on a trio of free throws.
The Tigers would continue to build the lead as Tennessee continued to shoot poorly, ending the night at 36.2 percent (21 for 58), including 5 for 21 from outside the arc (23.8 percent). Skylar McBee, who had connected on at least three 3-pointers in five of the previous six games, was scoreless, including missing all five of his long-range shots.
|Memphis sophomore guard Chris Crawford glides in for a layup in the first half. (US Presswire)|
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|J. Maymon, F||28||4-15||1-3||9||1||2||9|
|K. Hall, F||20||2-3||0-0||0||1||2||4|
|J. McRae, F||15||1-4||0-0||1||0||0||2|
|T. Golden, G||35||8-14||3-4||1||3||2||22|
|C. Tatum, G||28||2-6||0-0||1||2||0||5|
|T. Black, F||36||7-8||4-4||7||1||3||18|
|A. Thomas, F||23||2-6||0-0||5||2||0||4|
|F. Hall, F||19||1-3||0-0||2||0||3||2|
|C. Crawford, G||24||2-5||0-0||6||5||1||5|
|A. Barton, G||23||5-7||5-5||3||2||2||19|