Memphis 94, Fordham 64
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Rodney Carney scored 23 points, and Antonio Burks added 20 points and 10 assists Saturday night to lead Memphis to a 94-64 win over Fordham.
The Tigers (1-1) broke open the game at the start of the second half with 14 straight points to build a 52-30 lead. That followed five unanswered points going into the break as Fordham (0-1) went more than six minutes without scoring.
Fordham trailed by double digits for the rest of the night, with the Tigers leading by at least 18 during the games’ final 10 minutes.
Carney connected on only 9 of 24 shots, but still led Tiger scorers. Burks had 16 of his points in the second half. Sean Banks and Anthony Rice each added 15 for Memphis.
Mark Jarrell-Wright led Fordham with 19 points, while Michael Haynes added 17.
Both teams relied heavily on long-range shooting with some success. Memphis connected on 13-of-26 from 3-point range, while Fordham was 10-of-28.
But Memphis was more aggressive on the boards, outrebounding the Rams 57-29 with Duane Erwin grabbing 18. The board work, plus a pressing defense that caused 19 Fordham turnovers, made the second half a comfortable walk for the Tigers.
Memphis led 38-30 at halftime behind Carney’s 15 points, including 3-of-7 from long range.
The Tigers led by as many as 11 in the first half before 3-pointers by Haynes, who had 12 before the break, and Drew Williamson helped cut the margin to 33-30.