Coming off their worst home loss of the season, the Memphis Tigers got right back to work with an early tip against one of the most physical teams in the American Athletic Conference, the Cincinnati Bearcats.
The 11 a.m. tip proved to be no problem for the Tigers, who got 20 points and 11 rebounds apiece from Shaq Goodwin and Dedric Lawson to beat the Bearcats 63-59 on Saturday.
The Tigers opened up with as much as a 15 point lead in the first half, but much like Thursday's loss against UConn, let their opponent come back in the second half. Memphis only shot 20 percent in the second half, letting Cincinnati pull within one point.
A three-pointer from Troy Caupain pulled Cincinnati within 56-55 with 1:52 to play but Avery Woodson matched that for Memphis with a three of his own with 1:14 left. The Tigers then knocked down free throws down the stretch to keep the lead.
Memphis (14-9, 5-5 American) made 18 of 24 free throws, 10 of 12 in the second half, and had a 49-38 rebounding advantage in the game.
Troy Caupin had 17 points and Gary Clark added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Cincinnati (17-7, 7-4).
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