TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geron Johnson scored 19 points and No. 18 Memphis beat South Florida 88-73 in the American Athletic Conference season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon Jr. added 18 points apiece for Memphis (10-2, 1-0), which had eight 3-pointers. The Tigers entered averaging 4.6 3s per game.
John Egbunu had 20 points for South Florida (9-5, 0-1), which was without point guard Anthony Collins, who missed his fourth straight game due to left knee soreness.
Johnson and Chris Crawford made consecutive long-range jumpers that extended Memphis' lead to 60-39 with 14:22 to play. Crawford, who entered averaging 9.4 points, missed his first eight shots in the game.
The Tigers' lead reached 70-43 when Crawford hit another 3.