No. 8 Tigers beat Vols 99-97 in double overtime

November 22, 2011 - 6:10 PM
Memphis Tennessee Basketball

Memphis guard Joe Jackson (1) and Tennessee guard Trae Golden (11) get tangled up in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Will Barton had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Antonio Barton hit a big jumper in the second overtime, and No. 8 Memphis held off Tennessee 99-97 in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.

A day after bogging down against No. 15 Michigan, Memphis (2-1) had its uptempo game going in full gear while building a 16-point lead in the first half. The Tigers let Tennessee claw its way back and had to survive last-second shots in both overtimes to pull out the victory.

Antonio Barton had 21 points and Adonis Thomas added 19 points for Memphis.

Jeronne Maymon almost single-handedly led the Vols (2-2) to victory, with 32 points, 20 rebounds and a tying shot in the closing seconds of regulation. Maymon also hit 16 of 17 free throws, but his turnaround jumper at the second overtime buzzer fell short.

Tennessee dug its way out of the deep first-half hole, tying it on Maymon's hard drive with 5 seconds left in regulation.

Neither team could hit last-second shots in the first overtime and Memphis went up 99-97 in the second on Antonio Barton's jumper with 75 seconds left. After the teams traded misses, Tennessee's Trae Golden had the ball stripped on a drive with 3 seconds left and Memphis stole the inbound pass, but lost the ball on a traveling call.

The Vols got the ball in to Maymon for a good look, but Memphis challenged and the ball fell harmlessly to the court.

Memphis didn't have much luck getting Michigan to play at its frenetic pace and struggled against the Wolverines' mix of defenses in a 73-61 loss in Monday's opener.

The Tigers couldn't keep Michigan guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke out of the lane and were disjointed at times on offense. Memphis had just six assists on 19 field goals and shot 33 percent, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range.

Coach Josh Pastner's biggest concern was that the Tigers attack, playing instead from side to side against Michigan's zone.

Barton had no trouble attacking against Tennessee, scoring 11 points in the first nine minutes. The rest of his teammates weren't bad, either, hitting 3s and throwing down dunks during a 16-0 run that put the Tigers up 40-24.

Memphis started missing a few shots at the end of regulation to allow Tennessee to battle back and tie it on Maymon's drive. Will Barton missed on a floater at the end of regulation and a half-court heave at the first overtime buzzer was well off the mark, but the Tigers eked it out in the second OT.

Tennessee managed to keep up with Duke in its opener before fading in a 77-67 loss in its first big test under new coach Cuonzo Martin.

The Vols answered a couple of early runs by the Blue Devils despite missing numerous shots at the rim and were still within reach well into the second half. Tennessee just couldn't stop Duke's penetration, particularly freshman guard Austin Rivers, or knock down an outside shot, failing to hit a 3-pointer (0-for-8) for the first time in since 1997, a streak of 461 games.

The Vols shot better against Memphis, going 4 for 8 from long range in the first half, but missed five straight shots and had two turnovers during the Tigers' big run. Tennessee also struggled defensively at times, giving up good looks inside and out because of Memphis' ability to get into the lane against its defense.

The Vols chipped away at the lead in the second half and had a couple of chances to win it in both overtimes, but couldn't come through.