Memphis 62, Purdue 51
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP)—Darius Washington scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half on Friday night to lead Memphis to a 62-51 win over Purdue, which is off to its worst start in nearly 100 years.
The Tigers (5-2) trailed at halftime, but used a 21-6 run over a seven-minute span of the second half to hand the Boilermakers their third straight loss.
Matt Kiefer scored 17 points for Purdue, which has opened the season 1-4 for the first time since 1907-08.
Memphis shot just 29 percent in the first half, but made 10 of its first 14 shots to open the second half and take control.
The Tigers were active on the defensive end, forcing 17 Purdue turnovers. Nine of those came in the second half, when it seemed like Washington and company came up with steals nearly every time a Boilermaker put the ball on the floor.
Down 36-32, Memphis forced turnovers on three straight possessions—two that led to fastbreak layups—to start its spurt.
Purdue coach Gene Keady, in his 25th and final season on the sidelines, threw his arms up in disbelief on several occasions.
David Teague was one of the few bright spots for the Boilermakers, but like the rest of Purdue, he faded in the second half. He missed the first two games of the season after breaking his shooting hand in practice. In his first two games back, he was just 3-for-25 from the field, including 1-for-14 in a loss to Cincinnati last weekend.
Teague missed his first two shots of the game against Memphis, but found the range after that. He was 5-for-10 in the first half, scoring 13 points to carry Purdue to a 27-24 lead.
But the Tigers put the clamps on him in the second half, holding him to two points on 1 of 9 shooting. The Boilermakers shot 23 percent in the second half.
When Teague disappeared, so did Purdue’s chances of winning.
Washington knocked down a 3-pointer, converted two fastbreak layups off Memphis steals and added another layup off a whirling drive to the basket in a three-minute span to give the Tigers a 57-46 lead with 3:30 to play.
It was Memphis’ first win against a quality opponent this season.
The Tigers started the season with three easy wins over Savannah State, George Mason and St. Mary’s, but struggled once the competition stiffened.
The Tigers lost to Syracuse and Maryland by a combined 38 points before Friday’s win at Purdue.
Carl Landry had eight points and nine rebounds for Purdue.
Rodney Carney, an Indianapolis native who entered the game as the Tigers’ leading scorer with 21.3 points a game, got into foul trouble early and finished with nine points.
Sean Banks added 12 points and Joey Dorsey had 10 rebounds for Memphis.