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Wiseman has 28 and 11 in winning debut for No. 14 Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) After missing the preseason exhibition games with annoying aches and pains, touted freshman James Wiseman finally made his debut for No. 14 Memphis.

It was worth the wait.

Wiseman, the nation's top-rated recruit, had 28 points and 11 rebounds as the Tigers beat South Carolina State 97-64 on Tuesday night.

The difference for Memphis with Wiseman in the game was obvious from the opening play when he scored inside. From that point on there were dunks, alley-oop finishes and offensive rebounds followed by putbacks.

''Just the first few plays, you saw it,'' Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said of Wiseman's impact. ''It was amazing. Just him running the floor and throwing it towards the rim and then him finishing. That's such a huge luxury.''

Fellow freshman Precious Achiuwa added 14 points and eight rebounds for Memphis (1-0). Wiseman connected on 11 of 14 from the field and blocked three shots before checking out for good midway through the second half.

''The main priority is trusting my teammates,'' Wiseman said of getting back into the flow of the game after injuries to his shoulder and ankle. ''Just running the floor. That's one of my strengths. When I did that, the floor opened up tremendously.''

Ian Kinard led South Carolina State (0-1) with 13 points, and Jahmari Etienne scored 11.

Memphis controlled all aspects of the game, from rebounding to defense. By the early minutes of the second half the Tigers' lead had reached 21, and they continued to stretch the advantage while coasting the rest of the way.

In addition to outrebounding South Carolina State 42-25, the Tigers forced 18 turnovers that led to 24 points.

''Memphis is really good on capitalizing off turnovers,'' Bulldogs coach Murray Garvin said. ''That's hard to compete with. Then, they also had 60 points in the paint.

''Wiseman is a heck of a basketball player. His best basketball is ahead of him, and we didn't have the size or athleticism to match up with the big fella.''

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina State: It's doubtful the Bulldogs will face as tough a challenge as they did in the season opener. No other teams on South Carolina State's schedule are in the Top 25. The Bulldogs, a member of the MEAC, are picked fifth in the conference preseason poll.

Memphis: The game was the perfect opening act for a Memphis team that has plenty of promise because of the highly touted recruiting class. Hardaway started five freshmen and the Tigers worked the opening set to Wiseman and kept feeding him.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

South Carolina State was hardly a test for Memphis, so it's hard to imagine the win will affect the Tigers' No. 14 ranking. They have another game this week against the University of Illinois-Chicago before the next poll is released.

BLOCK PARTY

Memphis blocked 10 shots. In addition to three from Wiseman, DJ Jeffries, another freshman, had four. Lance Thomas had two and Achiuwa one.

LAST WORD

''They have great size, great athleticism, and great skilled guys. It's a formula for success. . I think they are really, really underestimated. Being ranked 14th and having the No. 1 recruiting class, those guys should play with a chip on their shoulder for the rest of the year until they get that respect they probably deserve.'' - Garvin on Memphis.

UP NEXT

South Carolina State: Hosts Bob Jones University on Friday.

Memphis: Hosts the University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Memphis  
19:43 +2 James Wiseman made layup, assist by Boogie Ellis 0-2
19:25 +3 Ian Kinard made 3-pt. jump shot 3-2
19:10   Boogie Ellis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:08   Offensive rebound by James Wiseman  
19:02 +2 James Wiseman made dunk 3-4
18:43 +3 Ian Kinard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damani Applewhite 6-4
18:25   James Wiseman missed jump shot  
18:23   Defensive rebound by Damani Applewhite  
18:03   Bad pass turnover on Rayshawn Neal  
17:49 +2 Precious Achiuwa made dunk, assist by Damion Baugh 6-6
17:29 +2 Ozante Fields made hook shot 8-6
17:18   Lester Quinones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:16   Offensive rebound by Memphis  
17:18   Personal foul on Ozante Fields  
17:17 +2 Lester Quinones made layup, assist by Damion Baugh 8-8
16:44 +2 Rayshawn Neal made floating jump shot 10-8
16:38   Personal foul on Ozante Fields  
16:38   Traveling violation turnover on Precious Achiuwa  
16:29 +3 Jahmari Etienne made 3-pt. jump shot 13-8
16:08   Lost ball turnover on Lester Quinones, stolen by David Bottenberg  
15:49   Personal foul on Alex Lomax  
15:38   David Bottenberg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:36   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
15:22 +2 Precious Achiuwa made alley-oop shot, assist by D.J. Jeffries 13-10
14:51   Rayshawn Neal missed layup, blocked by D.J. Jeffries  
14:49   Defensive rebound by Alex Lomax  
14:36   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:34   Defensive rebound by David Bottenberg  
14:22   Personal foul on Precious Achiuwa  
14:07   Tariq Simmons missed jump shot  
14:05   Defensive rebound by D.J. Jeffries  
14:05   Personal foul on Rahsaan Edwards  
14:05 +1 Lance Thomas made 1st of 2 free throws 13-11
14:05 +1 Lance Thomas made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-12
13:45   Personal foul on Jayden Hardaway  
13:43 +2 Damani Applewhite made jump shot 15-12
13:25   Bad pass turnover on Alex Lomax  
13:07   Damani Applewhite missed layup, blocked by D.J. Jeffries  
13:05   Defensive rebound by D.J. Jeffries  
12:49   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:47   Offensive rebound by James Wiseman  
12:42 +2 James Wiseman made alley-oop shot, assist by Alex Lomax 15-14
12:28 +2 David Bottenberg made dunk, assist by Rahsaan Edwards 17-14
11:58   James Wiseman missed layup  
11:57   Offensive rebound by James Wiseman  
11:57 +2 James Wiseman made dunk 17-16
11:57   Shooting foul on Damani Applewhite  
11:57 +1 James Wiseman made free throw 17-17
11:42   Personal foul on Boogie Ellis  
11:37   Lost ball turnover on Aramani Hill, stolen by Precious Achiuwa  
11:32 +2 James Wiseman made dunk, assist by Damion Baugh 17-19
11:27   Turnover on David Bottenberg  
11:27   Offensive foul on Precious Achiuwa  
11:27   Turnover on Precious Achiuwa  
11:06   Jahmari Etienne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:04   Offensive rebound by Aramani Hill  
11:05   Rayshawn Neal missed layup, blocked by Precious Achiuwa  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Boogie Ellis  
10:50 +2 D.J. Jeffries made dunk 17-21
10:44 +2 Damani Applewhite made jump shot, assist by Ian Kinard 19-21
10:05   Boogie Ellis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Offensive rebound by James Wiseman  
9:58   Personal foul on Ian Kinard  
9:58 +1 James Wiseman made 1st of 2 free throws 19-22
9:58 +1 James Wiseman made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-23
9:56   Jahmari Etienne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Lester Quinones  
9:21   Personal foul on Ian Kinard  
9:20   Lester Quinones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Jahmari Etienne  
9:11 +2 Jahmari Etienne made jump shot 21-23
9:00   Boogie Ellis missed jump shot  
8:58   Offensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
8:51   Boogie Ellis missed layup  
8:49   Defensive rebound by David Bottenberg  
8:37   Personal foul on Lance Thomas  
8:22 +3 Tariq Simmons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David Bottenberg 24-23
8:18 +2 Damion Baugh made dunk, assist by Lester Quinones 24-25
7:50   Personal foul on Tyler Harris  
7:50   Commercial timeout called  
7:50 +1 Tariq Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-25
7:38 +3 D.J. Jeffries made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damion Baugh 26-28
7:24   David Bottenberg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:22   Defensive rebound by James Wiseman  
7:15   Shooting foul on David Bottenberg  
7:15 +1 James Wiseman made 1st of 2 free throws 26-29
7:15 +1 James Wiseman made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-30
6:52   Rayshawn Neal missed layup, blocked by D.J. Jeffries  
6:50   Offensive rebound by Tariq Simmons  
6:45   Tariq Simmons missed layup  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Damion Baugh  
6:36 +3 Tyler Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damion Baugh 26-33
6:18   Lost ball turnover on Rayshawn Neal, stolen by Damion Baugh  
6:02 +2 Alex Lomax made jump shot 26-35
5:44   Jahmari Etienne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Tyler Harris  
5:26   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Tariq Simmons  
5:10   Lost ball turnover on Tariq Simmons, stolen by Tyler Harris  
5:01   Lost ball turnover on Tyler Harris, stolen by Damani Applewhite  
4:52   Aramani Hill missed layup, blocked by D.J. Jeffries  
4:50   Offensive rebound by South Carolina State  
4:52   Lost ball turnover on Trushaun Moorer, stolen by Alex Lomax  
4:43 +2 Alex Lomax made layup 26-37
4:37   Elafayette Stone missed layup, blocked by James Wiseman  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Jayden Hardaway  
4:10   Offensive foul on Alex Lomax  
4:25   Turnover on Alex Lomax  
4:10 +1 Rahsaan Edwards made 1st of 2 free throws 27-37
4:10 +1 Rahsaan Edwards made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-37
3:52 +2 James Wiseman made alley-oop shot, assist by D.J. Jeffries 28-39
3:27   Jahmari Etienne missed jump shot  
3:25   Defensive rebound by Boogie Ellis  
3:19   Bad pass turnover on Lester Quinones  
3:01   Personal foul on Lester Quinones  
3:01 +1 Damani Applewhite made 1st of 2 free throws 29-39
3:01   Damani Applewhite missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:01   Defensive rebound by D.J. Jeffries  
2:45 +2 James Wiseman made dunk, assist by D.J. Jeffries 29-41
2:23 +3 Jahmari Etienne made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aramani Hill 32-41
1:57   Shooting foul on Aramani Hill  
1:57 +1 Boogie Ellis made 1st of 2 free throws 32-42
1:56 +1 Boogie Ellis made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-43
1:35   Rahsaan Edwards missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:33   Defensive rebound by James Wiseman  
1:25 +3 Damion Baugh made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Boogie Ellis 32-46
1:08   Tariq Simmons missed layup, blocked by James Wiseman  
1:06   Defensive rebound by James Wiseman  
59.0 +3 Damion Baugh made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lester Quinones 32-49
28.0   Traveling violation turnover on Rahsaan Edwards  
6.0   Personal foul on Aramani Hill  
6.0 +1 James Wiseman made 1st of 2 free throws 32-50
6.0   James Wiseman missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6.0   Defensive rebound by Damani Applewhite  
2.0   Tariq Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by James Wiseman  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:51   Personal foul on Boogie Ellis  
19:33   Damani Applewhite missed jump shot  
19:31   Offensive rebound by Rayshawn Neal  
19:24 +2 Rayshawn Neal made driving layup 34-50
19:11   Personal foul on Damani Applewhite  
19:04   Precious Achiuwa missed jump shot  
19:02   Offensive rebound by Lester Quinones  
18:57   Lester Quinones missed layup, blocked by Ozante Fields  
18:55   Offensive rebound by James Wiseman  
18:46 +2 James Wiseman made layup 34-52
18:39   Rayshawn Neal missed layup  
18:37   Defensive rebound by James Wiseman  
18:37 +2 Precious Achiuwa made layup, assist by Damion Baugh 34-54
18:36   Offensive foul on Ozante Fields  
18:36   Turnover on Ozante Fields  
18:12   James Wiseman missed jump shot  
18:10   Defensive rebound by Rayshawn Neal  
18:08   Personal foul on Damion Baugh  
18:01 +3 Ian Kinard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rayshawn Neal 37-54
17:47   Lester Quinones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:45   Defensive rebound by David Bottenberg  
17:19   Traveling violation turnover on Damani Applewhite  
17:12   Boogie Ellis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:10   Offensive rebound by Lester Quinones  
17:10   Personal foul on Jahmari Etienne  
17:08   Shooting foul on David Bottenberg  
17:08 +1 Precious Achiuwa made 1st of 2 free throws 37-55
17:08 +1 Precious Achiuwa made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-56
16:57   Ian Kinard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:55   Offensive rebound by South Carolina State  
16:55   Personal foul on James Wiseman  
16:53   Jahmari Etienne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:51   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
16:46 +2 James Wiseman made layup, assist by Precious Achiuwa 37-58
16:20 +2 Rayshawn Neal made driving layup 39-58
16:15   Traveling violation turnover on Damion Baugh  
15:45   Damani Applewhite missed jump shot  
15:43   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
15:43   Traveling violation turnover on Lance Thomas  
15:35   Bad pass turnover on Damani Applewhite  
15:25   D.J. Jeffries missed jump shot  
15:23   Defensive rebound by Ian Kinard  
15:09   Rayshawn Neal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:07   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
14:56   Precious Achiuwa missed layup  
14:54   Defensive rebound by Aramani Hill  
14:46   David Bottenberg missed jump shot  
14:44   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
14:31   Tyler Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:29   Defensive rebound by South Carolina State  
14:09   Bad pass turnover on Tariq Simmons, stolen by Alex Lomax  
14:00 +2 Alex Lomax made layup 39-60
13:53   David Bottenberg missed layup, blocked by Lance Thomas  
13:49   Offensive rebound by David Bottenberg  
13:49   David Bottenberg missed layup, blocked by James Wiseman  
13:47   Defensive rebound by Memphis  
13:47   Personal foul on Ian Kinard  
13:39   D.J. Jeffries missed jump shot  
13:37   Offensive rebound by James Wiseman  
13:26 +2 Alex Lomax made jump shot 39-62
12:58   Bad pass turnover on David Bottenberg, stolen by Alex Lomax  
12:53 +2 James Wiseman made layup, assist by Lance Thomas 39-64
12:46   Aramani Hill missed layup, blocked by Lance Thomas  
12:44   Offensive rebound by South Carolina State  
12:41   Ian Kinard missed jump shot  
12:39   Defensive rebound by D.J. Jeffries  
12:36   Lance Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:34   Defensive rebound by Damani Applewhite  
12:16   Ian Kinard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:14   Defensive rebound by Alex Lomax  
12:01 +2 Lance Thomas made dunk, assist by D.J. Jeffries 39-66
11:32   Shooting foul on D.J. Jeffries  
11:35 +1 Damani Applewhite made 1st of 2 free throws 40-66
11:35   Damani Applewhite missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:35   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
11:28 +2 James Wiseman made jump shot, assist by Damion Baugh 40-68
11:18   Traveling violation turnover on Ozante Fields  
11:00 +3 Boogie Ellis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Wiseman 40-71
10:47 +2 Rayshawn Neal made driving layup 42-71
10:40   Traveling violation turnover on Damion Baugh  
10:22 +2 Ian Kinard made finger-roll layup 44-71
10:05 +2 Boogie Ellis made driving layup 44-73
10:05   Shooting foul on Rayshawn Neal  
10:05 +1 Boogie Ellis made free throw 44-74
9:47   Offensive foul on Damani Applewhite  
9:47   Turnover on Damani Applewhite  
9:35   Offensive foul on Damion Baugh  
9:35   Turnover on Damion Baugh  
9:08   Ian Kinard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
9:01   Shooting foul on Ian Kinard  
9:01 +1 Precious Achiuwa made 1st of 2 free throws 44-75
9:01   Precious Achiuwa missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:01   Defensive rebound by South Carolina State  
8:44   Personal foul on D.J. Jeffries  
8:44   Bad pass turnover on Ozante Fields, stolen by D.J. Jeffries  
8:36 +2 Precious Achiuwa made reverse layup, assist by Damion Baugh 44-77
8:35 +1 Precious Achiuwa made free throw 44-78
8:14   Lost ball turnover on Rayshawn Neal, stolen by Damion Baugh  
8:01   Boogie Ellis missed layup  
7:59   Offensive rebound by Precious Achiuwa  
7:55 +2 Precious Achiuwa made layup 44-80
7:52   Personal foul on Precious Achiuwa  
7:52 +1 Ozante Fields made 1st of 2 free throws 45-80
7:52 +1 Ozante Fields made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-80
7:29   Precious Achiuwa missed jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Ozante Fields  
7:18   Personal foul on Lester Quinones  
7:18 +1 Ian Kinard made 1st of 2 free throws 47-80
7:18 +1 Ian Kinard made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-80
6:54   Traveling violation turnover on Lester Quinones  
6:37   Rahsaan Edwards missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:35   Defensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
6:13   Personal foul on Tariq Simmons  
6:13 +1 Tyler Harris made 1st of 2 free throws