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Memphis 57, Tennessee 47

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Damion Baugh sank a 3-pointer with 1:43 remaining to put No. 13 Memphis ahead for good and the Tigers outlasted No. 19 Tennessee 51-47 to snap the Volunteers’ 31-game home winning streak.

Tennessee (7-2) had owned the longest active home winning streak of any Division I team. The Vols hadn’t lost at home since falling to Auburn 94-84 on Jan. 2, 2018.

Memphis (8-1) erased an early 12-point deficit for its second straight come-from-behind road victory. The Tigers had trailed by 20 before rallying to beat UAB 65-57 on Dec. 7.

D.J. Jeffries and Tyler Harris each scored 11 points and Baugh added 10 for Memphis, which found a way to win despite scoring just five points in the game’s first 12 minutes.

Josiah-Jordan James scored 14 for Tennessee, which shot a season-low 25% and was just 4 of 26 from 3-point range.

After Memphis bounced back from a miserable start to take a 25-24 halftime lead, neither team led by more than four in the second half.

The Tigers were clinging to a narrow lead for much of that second half before Yves Pons scored with 5:56 left to put Tennessee ahead 43-42. The lead changed hands a few more times before Memphis’ D.J. Jeffries drove the baseline and passed to Baugh, who sank an open 3-pointer to put the Tigers ahead to stay at 49-47.

After Tennessee’s Lamonte’ Turner missed a 3-pointer with 1:12 left, Baugh couldn’t connect on a fadeaway in the final minute. Tennessee’s John Fulkerson got the rebound, and the Vols called a timeout with 43 seconds left.

James missed a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining, but Pons got an offensive rebound and was fouled with 21 seconds left. Pons had been shooting 80% from the free-throw line this season, but he missed the front end of his one-and-one opportunity.

Memphis’ Alex Lomax sank both ends of a one-and-one with 7.9 seconds left to seal the victory.




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