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January 26, 2014

Bulls fall to Memphis 80-58

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Crawford scored 15 points, converting five of Memphis' season-high 10 3-pointers, and the 23rd-ranked Tigers defeated South Florida 80-58 on Sunday.

The Tigers, next-to-last in the American Athletic Conference in 3-point shooting percentage, ended the night at 10 of 22 from outside the arc. Crawford was 5 of 10.

Joe Jackson added 14 points and seven assists for Memphis (15-4, 5-2 AAC), while Shaq Goodwin finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nick King had 10 points as Memphis won its third straight and fifth of six.

Martino Brock led South Florida (10-10, 1-6) with 17 points, the only Bull to score in double figures. Memphis broke the game open in the middle of the first half, building the lead to 12 points at halftime. The Tigers were up 30 with about 9 minutes left. At that point, Memphis coach Josh Pastner began substituting freely.

The Tigers, who entered the game shooting 30 percent from outside the arc, finished at 46 percent against South Florida, including 58 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, South Florida shot 34 percent for the game and was 3 of 10 from 3-point range.

South Florida entered the game shooting 26 percent from outside the arc, the worst in the conference.

Jackson's seven assists were part of Memphis collecting 23 assists on 25 field goals.

Memphis closed the half with a 10-0 run to go up 34-22. The Tigers might have taken a bigger lead but was stymied by anemic free throw shooting, going 9 of 19. In the final 7 minutes of the half, the Tigers were 3 of 11 from the free throw line.

Memphis ended the game 20 of 35.

The 3-point shooting loosened up in the second half. Memphis hit seven of its first 10 shots in the half, including missing only 2 of 8 from outside the arc.

Meanwhile, the Bulls were 2 of 4, but that exchange of baskets didn't help South Florida keep pace. Memphis was up 56-33 after Crawford hit consecutive 3-pointers with just under 13 minutes left in the game.

Martino Brock led USF with 17 points, playing before family in his hometown.



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