Thu, 13 Aug 2020

Achiuwa's double-double lifts Memphis over USF

Field Level Media
13 Jan 2020, 09:55 GMT+10

Precious Achiuwa had 22 points and 11 rebounds and No. 21 Memphis rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat host South Florida 68-64 Sunday in an American Athletic Conference game at the Yuengling Center.

Memphis (13-3, 2-1) snapped a two-game losing streak. Achiuwa shot 9 of 12 and blocked five shots. Alex Lomax contributed five steals.

Tyler Harris earned a spot in the starting lineup after scoring 17 points off the bench Thursday at Wichita State, and matched it Sunday with another 17 points for the Tigers. Lester Quinones chipped in 13 points. Quinones and Harris were a combined 10 of 11 at the free-throw line.

David Collins scored a game-high 24 points for South Florida (8-9, 1-3). Ezacuras Dawson shot three of six from behind the 3-point line and finished with 15 points.

Memphis fell behind 37-29 at halftime after committing 13 turnovers. USF scored 16 points off those turnovers.

The Bulls' lead swelled to as many as 14 points in the second half.

South Florida shot 42.1 percent (8 of 19) overall from behind the arc.

Collins had two steals and Laquincy Rideau (five points) added three takeaways as USF forced 22 Memphis turnovers overall.

The Tigers outrebounded the Bulls 34-24 and shot 54.8 percent (23 of 42). The Bulls shot 40 percent (20 of 50).

Memphis led for less than seven minutes of the entire game and never by more than the final deficit.

The Tigers were winners of 10 straight before losing Jan. 4 vs. Georgia and Thursday at Wichita State due largely to offensive struggles.

--Field Level Media

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