Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

March Madness

#9 Memphis takes big halftime lead, holds off #8 Boise State

#9 Memphis takes big halftime lead, holds off #8 Boise State

DeAndre Williams scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting to help ninth-seeded Memphis produce a 64-53 victory over eighth-seeded Boise State on Thursday in West Regional play at Portland, Ore.

Landers Nolley II added 12 points as Memphis won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2014. Jalen Duren contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Tigers (22-10) won for the 13th time in the past 15 games.

Memphis will meet either top-seeded Gonzaga or 16th-seeded Georgia State in Saturday’s second round.

“This means the world to me,” senior guard Alex Lomax, who has played for Tigers coach Penny Hardaway since sixth grade, told TNT. “I didn’t expect to be here. Now I’m here and doing something special.”

Abu Kigab scored all 20 of his points in the second half for Boise State (27-8). The Broncos are 0-8 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

Memphis shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range.

Boise State connected on just 31.5 percent of its shots and was 6 of 21 from behind the arc while being unable to overcome a 19-point halftime deficit.

Memphis led 40-21 after a basket by Nolley with 18:30 left before not making another field goal for 9:12.

The Broncos took advantage with a 14-2 burst to move within 42-35 on Kigab’s driving hoop with 9:45 remaining.

Williams ended the Tigers’ drought with an inside basket and Nolley drained a corner trey to give Memphis a 12-point lead with 8:11 remaining.

Kigab scored 12 straight Boise State points to help his club move within 53-47 with 4:32 remaining.

But the Broncos went more than three minutes without a field goal. Williams scored on a putback to give the Tigers a nine-point edge with 3:26 left.

Two free throws by Kigab and Naje Smith’s putback allowed Boise State to pull within 56-51 with 1:26 left.

Lomax’s steal set up Duren’s layup to make it 60-53 with 51.7 seconds left. Nolley added two free throws to make it a nine-point cushion with 41.5 seconds left as Memphis finished it off.

The contest was tied at 12 before the Tigers outscored the Broncos 26-7 over the final 11:11 of the first half.

Memphis didn’t make a 3-pointer over the first 15 1/2 minutes. Emoni Bates ended the drought with 4:26 left and Nolley, Lester Quinones and Lomax all added treys as the Tigers lead grew to 38-19 at halftime.

 

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

PlayAction Podcast

SGPN | Thursday Night Football Prop Bets | Week 7

NFL

The @GamblingPodcast guys are joined by @ReallyRell__to go over their favorite Thursday Night Football prop bets.

Inside Pack Sports | IPS LIVE | ACC Football Week 7 Rewind
Inside Pack Sports | IPS LIVE | ACC Football Week 7 Rewind

NCAAF

On this IPS Live episode, the @InsidePackSport staff talks ACC Football, previews the week’s games, who's improved, who could struggle & more

SGPN | NFL Gambling Podcast | Week 6 Recap & Week 8 Look Ahead
SGPN | NFL Gambling Podcast | Week 6 Recap & Week 8 Look Ahead

PlayAction Pods

SGPN's @rjvillagomez and @Moneyline_Mac dive into the Week 6 results and discuss which teams to back and fade going forward.

SGPN | College Football Experience | Dantabase Top 25
SGPN | College Football Experience | Dantabase Top 25

NCAAF

SGPN's @TheColbyD reveals his brand new Top 25 and keys in on why. Is Tennessee really the top team in the land?

Inside Pack Sports | FSU Postgame Review With IPS Analyst Phillip Danford
Inside Pack Sports | FSU Postgame Review With IPS Analyst Phillip Danford

NCAAF

The gang at @InsidePackSport talks about the Wolfpack’s win over Florida State with IPS Analyst Phillip Danford.

SGPN | College Football Experience | Dantabase Top 25
SGPN | College Football Experience | Dantabase Top 25

NCAAF

SGPN's @TCEonSGPN releases this weeks current Dantabase Top 25 rankings and @TheColbyD & @PattyC831 break it all down

SGPN | Week NFL 5 Recap & Early Week 7 Look Ahead
SGPN | Week NFL 5 Recap & Early Week 7 Look Ahead

PlayAction Pods

SGPN's NFL Gambling Podcast recaps Week 5 & looks ahead to favorable lines for Week 7 w/ @rjvillagomez & @Moneyline_Mac

JetNation | After Big Win in Pittsburgh; Dolphins Up Next For Jets
JetNation | After Big Win in Pittsburgh; Dolphins Up Next For Jets

NFL

Hosts Dylan and Glenn break down the Jets’ win in Pittsburgh and preview this week's game against the Miami Dolphins for @JetNation

SGPN | The College Football Experience | Week 6 Picks
SGPN | The College Football Experience | Week 6 Picks

NCAAF

SGPN's @TCEonSGPN previews CFB Week 6. @TheColbyD, @PattyC831 & @NC__NicK break down each and every game & key in on their favorite bets