The University of Arkansas at Little Rock men's basketball team gave Memphis everything it could handle, leading for nearly 32 minutes of the game and by as many as 14 points.
But the Trojans couldn't survive a late Tiger charge, falling 70-62 to Memphis at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on Tuesday night.
Two players that registered their first career starts had strong showings for the Trojans as freshman Jaizec Lottie led UALR in both points (12) and assists (4) with junior Camron Reedus adding 11 points and 2 assists.
Junior Anthony Black was the third Trojan to finish with at least 10 points, posting a career-best 10 points, with senior Wadly Mompremier finishing with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks in 24 minutes for UALR.
UALR shot 44.2 percent for the game while holding Memphis to 41.8 percent from the floor, and were efficient from the free throw line, hitting nine of 12 attempts. Three point shooting once again hurt the Trojans, hitting just seven of 23 attempts, but UALR outrebounded Memphis 31-28 and once again held an advantage in the paint, besting the Tigers 30-28.
The opening 12 minutes couldn't have been scripted better for UALR as the Trojans built a 21-7 lead on the host Tigers. UALR hit eight of its first 11 shots and forced seven Memphis turnovers, leading from the opening basket of the game.
A 10-2 run by Memphis cut the UALR lead to 23-17 and the Trojans and Tigers, aided by offensive fouls on three-consecutive UALR possessions. The two teams exchanged blows over the final six minutes with the Trojans taking a 32-27 lead into the intermission.
Memphis made a run early in the second half, cutting the deficit to one on multiple occasions, but key shots from the Trojans kept them in the lead through the opening 13 minutes of the second half. Leading 51-48 with 7:47 to play, a power surge in the Forum wiped out press row, forcing an extended delay to get everything up and running.
The delay proved to swing momentum in Memphis' favor as the Tigers outscored the Trojans 13-2 over the next four minutes, taking their first lead of the game as UALR went over three minutes without a basket. A three from Anthony Black at the 2:47 mark cut the Memphis lead to 61-56, but the upset attempt came up short as the Trojans dropped the 70-62 decision.
Junior Oliver Black and sophomore Andre Jones each added six points and combined for 13 rebounds (seven for Black and six for Jones).
The game marked the closest contest between the two schools in the six-game series, tying the eight-point deficit in 2008 when the Trojans fell 59-51.
UALR is at Grand Canyon on Saturday.
Sports on 11/15/2017
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