Memphis 89, Marquette 71
MILWAUKEE (AP)—Sean Banks scored 28 points as Memphis defeated Marquette 89-71 Saturday night and extended its winning streak to nine.
The Tigers (18-4, 9-2 Conference USA) were 16-of-31 from behind the arc— breaking the team’s record of 15 3-pointers set Jan. 3, 2001, against Howard.
Banks, a freshman, made 6-of-7 attempts from 3-point range, while Anthony Rice hit 5-of-9 and scored 17 points. Jeremy Hunt added 16.
Steve Novak scored 16 points to lead Marquette, while guard Travis Diener added 15.
The Golden Eagles (13-8, 4-6) have lost three games in a row and six of their last eight. They are 0-7 this season and 2-15 in coach Tom Crean’s career at Marquette when their opponent scores at least 80. Memphis’ 89 points were the most Marquette has given up this season.
The win moves Memphis a half-game ahead of Cincinnati to lead Conference USA. The Bearcats play Sunday at Wake Forest in a non-conference game.
Memphis was 10 of 18 from behind the arc in the first half, including making eight in a row without a two-point field goal in a 8:28 stretch. Banks made 5-of-6 3-point attempts in the first half and scored 15 points.
After Diener tied the score at 20 with 10:24 remaining in the first half, Memphis went on a 20-8 run to take a 40-28 lead at halftime. Marquette had just one field goal during that time.
Marquette failed to come within 10 points in the second half.