MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - University of Memphis head basketball coach Penny Hardaway has no complaints after his squad demolished SMU on Saturday.
They improved to 12-6 overall and are now 4 and 1 in the American Athletic Conference.
Penny has been upset at his team's lack of energy early in games this season, but that was no problem for the Tigers.
Memphis opened the game on a 13-0 run and built a 17-point lead at halftime.
The Tigers pummeled SMU with three pointers, dominated defensively forcing turnovers, and threw all the right punches to seize the momentum early against the Mustangs.
Leading the way was senior Kareem Brewton. He connected on six three pointers in the win, finishing with a team high 20 points.
The game was also "Memphis State" themed, and the Tigers came out rocking retro uniforms.
Brewton said that played a part in the 83-61 beatdown of SMU.
"I think it got us hyped, because we didn't even see the jerseys until the last four minutes before,” Brewton said. “We had to change out in them. Once we saw them it was like, 'yeah these too cold.' I think everybody was hyped we had them. Once we put them on everybody just came out with energy. I don't know what came over me I just felt energy. I just felt like I could hit shots, and that's what I was doing. Especially when Jeremiah gave me the first three. I just felt good after that."
"This is exactly what I'm looking for when you talk about punch first,” Hardaway said. “I don't think they scored their first 14 or 15 possessions. That's what you want as a coach. That's a dream come true when you're looking at your team play out there on the floor. Then they started believing more, and started to play harder, and then the bench started getting into it. Yeah, that's what you want your seniors to do."
The Tigers next travel to Philly to face Temple on Thursday.