Memphis 73, South Florida 67
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Darius Washington and Duane Erwin each scored 20 points to lead Memphis to a 73-67 win over South Florida on Wednesday night.
South Florida (8-7, 1-3 Conference USA) made a late run and pulled to within 70-67 with 10 seconds left on a put-back and a 3-pointer by Terrence Leather, who led the Bulls with 25 points.
But after Simplice Njoya’s free throw made it a two-possession game, a steal and two free throws from Rodney Carney secured the win for the Tigers (10-8, 3-1).
Free throw shooting helped Memphis, which hit 20 of 22 free throws over the final seven minutes of play. Anthony Rice added 12 points for the Tigers while Rodney Carney had 10.
The Bulls got 23 points from Brian Swift, but no other USF player finished in double figures.
Leather scored seven points during a 20-5 run over the final eight minutes as South Florida took a 28-26 halftime lead. However, Memphis shot 50 percent in the second half and hit 25-of-30 free throws.
Memphis junior guard Jeremy Hunt was reinstated before the game after a two-game suspension, but he scored just two points in 23 minutes.
He had been arrested on misdemeanor assault charges in connection with a complaint filed by his former girlfriend.