The 16th-ranked team in the country survived a scare against the Trojans of Arkansas-Little Rock tonight at FedExForum. The Tigers trailed by seven (31-24) at halftime, and were still behind with under nine minutes to play in the game before rallying for their sixth consecutive win.
Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin led Memphis with 17 points, Goodwin adding a team-high nine rebounds. Geron Johnson added 13 points and Chris Crawford (nursing a sore right ankle) scored nine points to become the program's 49th member of the 1,000-point club.
The Tigers turned the ball over 14 times (while picking up only 16 assists), but forced UALR into 17 turnovers. Shooting was ugly on both sides, Memphis hitting 39 percent of its shots while the Trojans were merely 36 percent from the field.
The win sets up a showdown next Tuesday in Madison Square Garden between the Tigers (7-1) and the 19th-ranked Florida Gators. Memphis will be seeking its second win over a top-20 program this month, having upset 5th-ranked Oklahoma State on December 1st.