The atmosphere in Memphis on Saturday was reminiscent of an NCAA tournament game despite being the middle of December.
The Tigers brought the defensive intensity and physicality early as the Cards struggled through the first half. A first half that saw multiple highlight reel alley-oops by the Memphis Tigers and that had Cards fan holding their breath when Junior guard Russ Smith appeared to have a serious ankle injury. The Tigers biggest lead of the game was 16 when it was 9-25 with 9:53 left in the half.
Despite Russ returning to the game late in the first half, the Memphis Tigers lead 35-28 at halftime.
The second half started with more of the same momentum by the Tigers while at one time the Tigers stretched the lead back out to 47-54 with 13:54 left in the game before the Cards went on a 13-0 run to take control of the game.
At the end the Card’s defensive pressure proved to be too much for the Memphis Tigers while the Cards won by a final score of 87-78.
The Cards were led by Senior PG Peyton Siva who had 19 points (5-10 FGs and 9-12 FTs) with 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
Chane Behanan led the team in scoring with 22 points while going 7-12 FG and 7-9 FTs. Chane was shooting a dreadful 45.5 from the FT line before the game. He also was 1-2 from the three point line.
Russ Smith only shot 3-11 from the field but was able to convert all 12 of his FT attempts while finishing with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
Luke Hancock hit 3 timely three pointers and also finished with 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
Overall the Cards were 7-17 from three point range (not bad) and a very impressive 38-46 (82.6%) from the FT line. Clutch shooting in a chaotic road environment is a good sign for the Cards team at this point in the season.
The Cards next game is scheduled for this Wednesday 12/19 @ 7:00PM and we can look forward to one week from today as the expected date Gorgui Dieng will return to the Cards.