Tigers' Thornton stepping up for stretch run - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tigers' Thornton stepping up for stretch run

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Only two more regular season games remain for the Memphis Tigers before the start of conference tournament play, but right on time for players to become key pieces for the U of M.

Tigers forward Raynere Thornton is one of those.

Thornton is coming off back to back breakout performances in Memphis' wins over Houston and UConn, going 9 of 12 beyond the arc with 37 points--good enough to earn him an AAC Player of the Week honor.

Tigers head coach Tubby Smith said Thornton's hot shooting is a product of his work in practice.

"When he got here, he had a bad habit of watching the flight of the ball," Smith said. "We had a player last year that had the same problem. I think he's broken it. He's been phenomenal. I'll be honest with you. I really I've never seen anything like it."

"Every time he gets it I feel like he's going to shoot it and make it," point guard Kareem Brewton said. "Like I said, confidence. If you place the ball in his hands the right way I feel like he's going to make it every time."

Thornton and the Tigers face South Florida on Thursday night 8 p.m. at FedExForum.

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