Memphis 66, South Florida 53
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Jeremy Hunt and Rodney Carney scored 15 points each as Memphis won its fourth consecutive game with a 66-53 decision over South Florida Tuesday night.
Antonio Burks added 13 points and five assists for the Tigers (13-4, 4-2 Conference USA), who hit only 23 percent of its shots from the field in the second half.
Memphis benefited from a strong defensive effort that contributed to holding South Florida to 37 percent shooting and forcing 21 turnovers.
Terrence Leather led the Bulls (6-9, 0-4) with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bradley Mosley also had 15 points, but was 4-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range. James Holmes scored 10.
Memphis led by as many as 18 in the first half before taking a 34-21 lead at the break.
As they have throughout the winning streak, the Tigers came out firing from long range. They were successful early, hitting their first four 3-pointers. But Memphis would go 1-of-14 the rest of the half and finish 8-of-32 from beyond the arc.
Memphis had eight steals in the half among South Florida’s 13 turnovers.
The Tigers maintained their double-digit lead through the start of the second half and appeared ready to coast home.
The only bump came when South Florida, behind the scoring of Leather, made a 10-1 run at the Tigers to cut the lead to 55-45 with 5:33 left.
But the Bulls could get no closer, dropping their fifth straight on the road.