Tigers clip Owls in Overtime - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tigers clip Owls in Overtime

(AP) - MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Nichols had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks on Saturday night as No. 22 Memphis beat Temple 82-79 in overtime.

Quenton DeCosey scored 23 for Temple, but missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with a second left as Memphis won its second straight and fifth in the last six.

Shaq Goodwin led Memphis (21-6, 10-4 American Athletic Conference) with 20 points, while Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon had 12 apiece, Jackson adding eight assists. Geron Johnson scored 10 points.

Dixon's two free throws with 17.4 seconds remaining in overtime provided the final margin.Will Cummings led Temple (7-19, 2-12) with 24 points and six assists, while Dalton Pepper had 20 points.

There were three ties and nine lead changes in the game. The teams were deadlocked at 74 at the end of regulation.The teams exchanged baskets to start the overtime, but Pepper's was a 3-pointer that gave Temple a 77-76 lead.

From there, Jackson and Goodwin scored baskets to give Memphis a three-point lead. DeCosey scored inside with 31 seconds left, but Dixon's free throws with 17.4 remaining provided the final margin.

Memphis ended the game shooting 57 percent to only 41 percent for the Owls. But Temple stayed close with 3-point shooting in the second half.

Memphis shot better than 60 percent through much of the first half before settling at 57 percent to build a 40-32 lead at halftime. Johnson had 10 points for Memphis.But his defense may have been just as important. Pepper scored seven points in the opening 4:10 of the game, but scored only one point the rest of the half with Johnson guarding him.

Cummings, who entered the game averaging 15.9, already had 18 at the break, hitting 7 of 11 shots, including 2 of 3 outside the arc.

But the rest of the Owls were 4 of 19 in the half.At one point, Cummings and Pepper had 23 of the Owls' first 26 points in the game. But Memphis clicked off a 9-2 rally to grab an 11-point lead, its largest of the half.

Memphis kept the advantage between six and nine points in the early stages of the second half. DeCosey was keeping Temple close at that point, scoring 11 points before the 14-minute mark, including a trio of 3-pointers.

And Temple kept converting 3-pointers. When Pepper nailed the Owls' sixth of the half, Temple had erased the Memphis advantage.

A layup by Devontae Watson capped 11 straight points and a 65-61 Temple lead.At that point, the game settled into a close affair with ties and lead changes the norm.

The teams were tied at 74 after Pepper's 3-point play with 1:14 left, but neither team could score again in regulation.

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