Memphis tangles with Georgetown in Hawaii
Maui, HI – The eighth-ranked Memphis Tigers and Georgetown place game.
The Tigers opened tournament play with a 73-61 loss to nationally-ranked Michigan, but bounced back on Tuesday by outlasting Tennessee in a marathon two-overtime game, 99-97.
The Hoyas are also 1-1 in this event. Georgetown opened up with a tight affair against nationally-ranked Kansas, but fell to the Jayhawks, 67-63. Georgetown was then slated to take on host Chaminade in second-round action on Tuesday and disposed of the Silverswords 88-61.
Georgetown has won eight of the 10 previous meetings in this series, including an 86-69 victory last year.
Antonio Barton posted 21 points, including the deciding bucket with 1:15 to play in double overtime, as No. 8 Memphis outlasted Tennessee, 99-97, at the Maui Invitational. Will Barton totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (2-1), who recovered from a loss to Michigan on Monday. Adonis Thomas poured in 19 points off the bench in support. The Tigers shot 51.4 percent from the floor, a number inflated a bit by a 6-of-9 showing from behind the arc. Despite losing the rebounding battle to UT, the Tigers were able to force 16 turnovers in the game. It was a strong rebound from an opening round loss that saw the team shoot just 33.3 percent from the field.
Jason Clark knocked down six three-pointers en route to a game-best 28 points to lead Georgetown to a 27-point rout of Chaminade. Otto Porter tallied 17 points and Hollis Thompson added nine for the Hoyas. The Hoyas shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from the floor in the game and outrebounded their hosts 38-19. In addition, Georgetown forced 17 turnovers. Clark, who scored 15 points in the opening round, was averaging 13.7 ppg coming into yesterday. Thompson was the leading scorer after four games with 15.3 ppg.