Memphis 89, Belmont 83
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Duane Erwin scored a career-high 21 points and Rodney Carney collected nine of his 16 points in the final 1:32 as Memphis held off Belmont 89-83 Wednesday night.
Erwin hit all eight of his field goals, but it was Carney’s scoring down the stretch that reversed a Belmont comeback that tied the game at 78 when Adam Mark rebounded Jese Snyder’s missed free throw with 2:04 left.
Carney scored three times off rebounds and converted 3-of-4 from the line in the final 92 seconds as the Tigers (5-2) put on enough of a run late to offset the Bruins.
Belmont (4-3) stayed close thanks to a torrid night from 3-point range. The Bruins connected on 17-of-38 attempts from behind the arc, including 62 percent in the first half.
Mark led Belmont with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but Steve Drabyn did the damage from outside with 21 points, including seven 3-pointers. Josh Goodwin finished with 12 on 4-of-8 from outside the arc.
Antonio Burks matched Carney’s 16 points, while Sean Banks had 14 and Arthur Barclay scored a career-high 11 points. Carney had a team-high 11 rebounds.
Memphis led 44-36 at the half, but Belmont’s 3-point shooting kept the Bruins close. Drabyn connected on four of his five shots from long range for 12 points in the half.
Several times the Bruins cut the Tiger lead to one, but each time, Memphis turned back the rally. Memphis closed with seven consecutive points for its biggest lead of the first half.
Both teams shot well in the opening half, with Memphis hitting 56 percent and Belmont connecting on half its shots. But the Bruins suffered nine turnovers, including five by Mark in the post.
Memphis would finish the game shooting 51 percent, but Belmont cooled off after halftime, finishing 46 percent from the field.
The Tigers built a 15-point lead near the midway point of the second half, but Belmont whittled away with four straight 3-pointers, including a pair by Drabyn.
The comeback to tie the game was the result of a 16-5 run by the Bruins, led by Mark who had nine points during the stretch.