DeAndre Williams had 16 factors and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Memphis outlasted (*9*) Tech 69-61 within the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday evening.
Emoni Bates added 9 factors, all within the second half, making 4 free throws within the closing minute for Memphis (5-0).
“I like my staff,” coach Penny Hardaway mentioned. “I like what we convey to the desk. We can win any sort of sport — an unsightly sport, sport, and nonetheless be proper there due to our protection.
Nahiem Alleyne scored 21 factors and Keve Aluma added 14 for (*9*) Tech (5-1).
While Memphis led for many of the sport, the Tigers could not put the Hokies away, and Alleyne made a 3-pointer with 4:36 left to provide (*9*) Tech a 56-55 edge.
“We simply saved preventing,” Alleyne mentioned. “We should proceed to combat each time.”
Following a timeout, Landers Nolley II buried a 3 for Memphis, Bates made a free throw, and Jalen Duren’s layup made it 61-56 with 1:34 left. Memphis then put the sport away on the free-throw line.
The Tigers went 7:24 with out a subject objective within the first half and have been carried by their reserves, who scored 19 factors within the opening half. Memphis led 33-30 at halftime after Malcolm Dandridge had a buzzer-beating two-handed jam.
“It’s this chemistry with me and Malcolm,” mentioned Alex Lomax, who fed Dandridge for the dunk with a spectacular move. “We’ve been enjoying collectively for some time. I knew it was me and him in a two-man sport from the leap. Once I received the steal I knew he was going to run with me. So I’ve to facilitate and simply be aggressive. And it labored out.”
Memphis: It was an evening to neglect for Duren, the Tigers’ star freshman massive man. Duren entered the sport averaging 15 factors, 10 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks. He was scoreless within the first half and completed with six factors and 7 rebounds.
“He’s nonetheless determining his spots on the ground,” Hardaway mentioned of Duren, who turned 18 on Nov. 18. “We’re solely going to get higher as he will get higher. He had a monster sport (in) the final sport. This sport, he did the suitable issues. He’s going to make little errors as a result of he does not perceive and (the) expertise is not there however he is gaining expertise each sport.”
(*9*) Tech: The Hokies had received their first 5 video games by a median of 28 factors and have been challenged for the primary time this season.
“Usually (we) have a significantly better rhythm. Usually we get some issues — and we had cracks at it — across the rim,” coach Mike Young mentioned. “That was the primary time we weren’t fairly ourselves offensively. Again, Memphis had so much to do with that.”
Memphis meets Iowa State within the championship sport on Friday, whereas (*9*) Tech takes on No. 25 Xavier within the comfort sport.