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Jeffries, Achiuwa lead No. 22 Memphis past Cincinnati 60-49

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) In a game where rallies were answered by rallies and droughts crept in, No. 22 Memphis was able to close the game for its second straight win.

DJ Jeffries scored 18 points, Precious Achiuwa added 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers used a second-half surge to defeat Cincinnati 60-49 on Thursday night.

''It was a tale of runs,'' Cincinnati coach John Brannen said.

Lester Quinones added 13 points, seven coming in the final five minutes as the Tigers (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) broke a six-game losing streak to the Bearcats.

Jarron Cumberland, the defending American Athletic Conference player of the year, led Cincinnati (10-7, 3-2) with 19 points, while Keith Williams scored 12, going 4 of 14 from the field, part of the Bearcats struggling to a 30% shooting night. Brannen noted that his team missed 19 shots at the rim, some of those turned away by eight Memphis blocks.

''Their defense is elite,'' Brannen said. ''They've got one of the top defensive teams in the country. .You can't have missed opportunities in front of however many people were here against a Top 20 team. You can't.''

Memphis had stretched a 31-20 halftime lead to 15 points early in the second half, but the Bearcats crafted a 13-0 rally to pull close. The run would eventually reach 18-2, giving Cincinnati a 38-37 lead on a 3-pointer by Cumberland with 12:37 left.

But in a game of runs, Memphis answered with 10 straight points to take the lead for good as Cincinnati managed only one field goal - a 3-pointer in the closing seconds - over the final 4:34.

''I was disappointed in the last three minutes,'' Brannen said. ''Our character the last few minutes wasn't great.''

A key moment came with 3:31 left and Memphis clinging to a 50-46 lead. Brannen thought Cumberland was fouled on a drive and his vociferous reaction drew a technical. Quinones converted the two free throws and Memphis scored on a layup on the ensuing possession, taking the lead back to eight, 54-46.

''That was something that was huge,'' Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. ''Jarron (Cumberland) always drives to the basket, and he almost torpedoes himself into the players. All we talked about this week was verticality jump to where we weren't going to foul him. If you do the verticality jump, (officials are) going to reward the defense.''

Memphis used a late-first quarter burst, including seven straight points to lead at halftime. Whether from defense or inaccurate shooting, the teams went long stretches of the first half without scoring.

At one point, the score was stuck at 9-4 for almost five minutes.

In the final minutes, it was Memphis closing the game with a 10-3 burst. And Hardaway thinks the experience of overcoming a deficit will help his team the rest of the season.

''I think that will be rewarded,'' Hardaway said, ''because we've been in a ton of battles. More than I want. But when we've been in games where you've been down and come back and won, that's what this team has shown.''

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: Much of the game, the Bearcats relied on Cumberland for offense, everything going through the reigning conference player of the year. While Cumberland scored above his 13.3 average, he got little help from others.

Memphis: The Tigers had retaken the lead when Quinones got untracked offensively, his scoring in the closing minutes stretching Memphis's advantage. Achiuwa again was solid for Memphis, but Jeffries, who recently recovered from the flu, provided the necessary offense.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Memphis only dropped one spot in last week's poll despite a road loss to No. 16 Wichita State. With no games scheduled through this weekend, the Cincinnati win should at least hold the Tigers in the No. 22 spot or higher depending on other teams above them.

THE TECHNICAL

Brannen said he didn't understand why he got the technical late in the game as Memphis made its final run, but he didn't think that affected the outcome. ''I felt like there should have been a foul,'' he said. ''I didn't curse the official. Not sure why I got a technical. . I guess I got too mad at him.''

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: hosts East Carolina on Sunday.

Memphis: plays at Tulsa next Wednesday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Cincinnati  
19:44   Chris Vogt missed layup, blocked by Precious Achiuwa  
19:42   Offensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
19:42   Traveling violation turnover on Chris Vogt  
19:33   Bad pass turnover on Malcolm Dandridge  
19:20   Bad pass turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
19:12   Precious Achiuwa missed jump shot  
19:10   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
18:56   Bad pass turnover on Tre Scott, stolen by Malcolm Dandridge  
18:47 +3 D.J. Jeffries made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Lomax 0-3
18:33   Tre Scott missed layup  
18:31   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
18:21   Personal foul on Alex Lomax  
18:18   Jarron Cumberland missed layup, blocked by Malcolm Dandridge  
18:16   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
18:09   Bad pass turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Malcolm Dandridge  
18:09 +3 D.J. Jeffries made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Dandridge 0-6
17:50 +2 Jarron Cumberland made jump shot 2-6
17:32   D.J. Jeffries missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:30   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
17:21   Tre Scott missed layup  
17:19   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
17:05 +3 Lester Quinones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Lomax 2-9
16:53 +2 Keith Williams made layup 4-9
16:28   D.J. Jeffries missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:26   Personal foul on Lester Quinones  
16:02   Mika Adams-Woods missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:00   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Dandridge  
15:51   Lost ball turnover on Precious Achiuwa, stolen by Mika Adams-Woods  
15:36   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
15:34   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Dandridge  
15:15   Offensive foul on Precious Achiuwa  
15:15   Turnover on Precious Achiuwa  
15:02   Jaevin Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:00   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
14:41   Isaiah Maurice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:39   Defensive rebound by Chris McNeal  
14:34   Shooting foul on Isaiah Maurice  
14:34   Tre Scott missed 1st of 2 free throws  
14:34   Tre Scott missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:34   Defensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
14:07   Boogie Ellis missed jump shot  
14:05   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
13:43   Jaevin Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:41   Defensive rebound by Boogie Ellis  
13:29   Boogie Ellis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:27   Defensive rebound by Chris McNeal  
13:08   Tre Scott missed layup  
13:06   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
12:53   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
12:51   Defensive rebound by Tyler Harris  
12:42   Bad pass turnover on Isaiah Maurice  
12:26   Mamoudou Diarra missed layup  
12:24   Defensive rebound by Boogie Ellis  
12:14   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Maurice  
11:57 +3 Keith Williams made 3-pt. jump shot 7-9
11:27   Shooting foul on Jaume Sorolla  
11:27   Malcolm Dandridge missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:27 +1 Malcolm Dandridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-10
11:02   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
11:00   Offensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
10:55   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:53   Defensive rebound by Damion Baugh  
10:45   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:43   Offensive rebound by D.J. Jeffries  
10:36   Damion Baugh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Mamoudou Diarra  
10:27   Offensive foul on Chris Vogt  
10:27   Turnover on Chris Vogt  
10:01   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
9:45   Out of bounds turnover on Jaevin Cumberland  
9:39   Bad pass turnover on Alex Lomax  
9:22   Chris Vogt missed jump shot  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Dandridge  
9:12 +2 Precious Achiuwa made layup, assist by Alex Lomax 7-12
8:49   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
8:47   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
8:33 +2 Jarron Cumberland made jump shot 9-12
8:11   Malcolm Dandridge missed layup  
8:09   Offensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
8:06 +2 Precious Achiuwa made layup 9-14
7:58   Keith Williams missed layup  
7:56   Offensive rebound by Keith Williams  
7:55   Keith Williams missed layup  
7:53   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Dandridge  
7:43 +3 Lester Quinones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Precious Achiuwa 9-17
7:37   Shooting foul on Lester Quinones  
7:37 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 10-17
7:37 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-17
7:15   D.J. Jeffries missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
7:01 +2 Chris Vogt made dunk, assist by Mika Adams-Woods 13-17
6:31   Jayden Hardaway missed jump shot, blocked by Keith Williams  
6:29   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
6:14   Bad pass turnover on Tre Scott, stolen by Malcolm Dandridge  
5:46 +2 D.J. Jeffries made layup, assist by Malcolm Dandridge 13-19
5:27 +2 Mika Adams-Woods made layup, assist by Keith Williams 15-19
5:07   Precious Achiuwa missed jump shot  
5:05   Offensive rebound by D.J. Jeffries  
5:05   Shooting foul on Keith Williams  
5:05 +1 D.J. Jeffries made 1st of 2 free throws 15-20
5:05 +1 D.J. Jeffries made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-21
4:45   Mika Adams-Woods missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:43   Defensive rebound by Damion Baugh  
4:35   Bad pass turnover on Damion Baugh  
4:22 +2 Chris Vogt made dunk, assist by Jarron Cumberland 17-21
4:11 +3 Isaiah Maurice made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damion Baugh 17-24
3:49 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot 20-24
3:20 +3 Jayden Hardaway made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Jeffries 20-27
2:54   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:52   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
2:50   Tre Scott missed layup  
2:48   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Maurice  
2:29 +2 Precious Achiuwa made dunk, assist by Damion Baugh 20-29
2:09   Chris Vogt missed layup, blocked by Isaiah Maurice  
2:08   Offensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
2:07   Chris Vogt missed jump shot, blocked by Isaiah Maurice  
2:05   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Maurice  
1:37   Damion Baugh missed jump shot  
1:35   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
1:18   Offensive foul on Jarron Cumberland  
1:18   Turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
57.0 +2 Isaiah Maurice made jump shot, assist by Precious Achiuwa 20-31
34.0   Tre Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
32.0   Defensive rebound by Damion Baugh  
8.0   Personal foul on Mika Adams-Woods  
7.0   Personal foul on Chris McNeal  
5.0   Precious Achiuwa missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Tre Scott  
1.0   Offensive rebound by Memphis  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:43   Alex Lomax missed jump shot  
19:41   Offensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
19:33 +2 Precious Achiuwa made layup 20-33
19:06   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
19:04   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
18:50 +2 Alex Lomax made layup 20-35
18:36   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
18:33   Offensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
18:35   Personal foul on Lester Quinones  
18:25 +2 Tre Scott made dunk, assist by Jarron Cumberland 22-35
17:45   Boogie Ellis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:43   Defensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
17:27   Personal foul on Boogie Ellis  
17:16 +2 Tre Scott made layup, assist by Chris Vogt 24-35
16:50   Lost ball turnover on Alex Lomax, stolen by Mika Adams-Woods  
16:44   Keith Williams missed layup  
16:42   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
16:39   Mika Adams-Woods missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:37   Offensive rebound by Keith Williams  
16:34 +2 Chris Vogt made dunk, assist by Tre Scott 26-35
16:13   Isaiah Maurice missed layup  
16:11   Offensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
16:08   Precious Achiuwa missed layup, blocked by Chris Vogt  
16:06   Defensive rebound by Mika Adams-Woods  
16:03   Jarron Cumberland missed layup  
16:01   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
15:58   D.J. Jeffries missed layup, blocked by Jarron Cumberland  
15:57   Offensive rebound by Memphis  
15:55   Bad pass turnover on Damion Baugh, stolen by Tre Scott  
15:42 +2 Chris Vogt made layup, assist by Mika Adams-Woods 28-35
15:27   Isaiah Maurice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:25   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
15:16 +2 Keith Williams made jump shot 30-35
14:59   Personal foul on Mika Adams-Woods  
14:54   Personal foul on Mika Adams-Woods  
14:47   Isaiah Maurice missed jump shot  
14:45   Defensive rebound by Chris McNeal  
14:41 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris McNeal 33-35
14:12   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:10   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
13:43   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:41   Defensive rebound by Tyler Harris  
13:34 +2 Tyler Harris made jump shot 33-37
13:16   Bad pass turnover on Chris McNeal, stolen by Lance Thomas  
13:26   Lost ball turnover on Tyler Harris, stolen by Keith Williams  
13:16   Shooting foul on Tyler Harris  
13:16 +1 Keith Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 34-37
13:16 +1 Keith Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-37
12:53   Bad pass turnover on Alex Lomax  
12:44   Jarron Cumberland missed layup, blocked by Precious Achiuwa  
12:42   Offensive rebound by Keith Williams  
12:36 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot 38-37
12:00   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:58   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
11:38   Bad pass turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Precious Achiuwa  
11:32   Shooting foul on Keith Williams  
11:32 +1 Precious Achiuwa made 1st of 2 free throws 38-38
11:32 +1 Precious Achiuwa made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-39
11:20   Bad pass turnover on Jaume Sorolla  
11:07   Bad pass turnover on Alex Lomax, stolen by Jaume Sorolla  
11:01   Personal foul on D.J. Jeffries  
10:53   Traveling violation turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
10:25 +3 D.J. Jeffries made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Dandridge 38-42
10:08   Personal foul on D.J. Jeffries  
10:06   Bad pass turnover on Mika Adams-Woods, stolen by Malcolm Dandridge  
9:59 +2 Precious Achiuwa made dunk 38-44
9:46   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
9:44   Defensive rebound by Lester Quinones  
9:30 +3 D.J. Jeffries made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Dandridge 38-47
9:21   Lost ball turnover on Mika Adams-Woods, stolen by Alex Lomax  
9:21   Bad pass turnover on Alex Lomax  
9:13   Tre Scott missed layup, blocked by Malcolm Dandridge  
9:11   Offensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
9:09   Chris Vogt missed layup  
9:07   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Dandridge  
9:09   Bad pass turnover on Malcolm Dandridge  
8:49   Shooting foul on Alex Lomax  
8:49   Jarron Cumberland missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:49   Jarron Cumberland missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:49   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
8:20   Precious Achiuwa missed jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
8:04   Jaevin Cumberland missed jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
7:58   Bad pass turnover on Tyler Harris  
7:37   Tre Scott missed layup, blocked by Malcolm Dandridge  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Dandridge  
7:23   Damion Baugh missed jump shot  
7:21   Offensive rebound by Damion Baugh  
7:02   D.J. Jeffries missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:00   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
6:52 +3 Keith Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris McNeal 41-47
6:19