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Tigers slam Cougars

ShaqTime 600No. 23/22 Memphis (14-4, 4-2) 82, Houston (11-8, 3-3) 59

Jan. 23, 2014; FedExForum)

Memphis vs. Houston – Series Notes
With Thursday's win, Memphis improved its series lead over Houston to 28-12 overall and 18-3 in Memphis.


The Tigers have won the last four meetings in the series.

IMG celebrate_9391The two programs meet again later this season in Houston (Feb. 27).

Interesting Tidbits
Head coach Josh Pastner grew up in Kingwood, Texas, which is a suburb of Houston. Pastner's home is approximately 20 minutes from the University of Houston campus.

IMG Coach_9262Memphis assistant coach Robert Kirby is now 3-0 against his former schools this season with the victory over Houston. Earlier this season, the Tigers posted wins over LSU and UALR. Kirby served as an assistant at UALR (1985-88), Houston (1993-98) and LSU (2012-13).

IMG fastbreak_9426Memphis vs. Houston – Team Notes
With Thursday's win, Memphis avoided going 0-3 at home to start conference play. The last time the Tigers started a conference season 0-3 at home was 1969-70 (Missouri Valley Conference).

IMG Joe_Jackson_9249The Tigers improved their homecourt record at FedExForum to 170-20 (.895 winning percentage) since the building opened in 2004-05. The 170 home wins are the most in NCAA Division I basketball since 2004-05.

The Tigers handed out 20 assists. Memphis has had double-figure assists in every game this season, and have reached the 20-assist plateau in six games this season.

Memphis scored 47 points in the first half, the ninth time the Tigers have scored 40 or more in the opening half of a game this season.

The victory over Houston marked the sixth victory of the season where the Memphis opponent has not had a lead in the contest.

Memphis forced 18 Houston turnovers and have now forced 12 or more turnovers in every game this season.

The Tigers shot 33-of-56 (58.9 percent), the ninth time Memphis has shot 50 percent or better in a game. Memphis is now 9-0 in those contests.

Memphis vs. Houston – Player Notes
Shaq Goodwin scored 20 points in the win over Houston. It was Goodwin's 13th double-figure scoring game of 2013-14. He had 13 double-figure scoring games for the entire 2012-13 season.

Shaq Goodwin's 20-point performance vs. Houston was the fourth time this season he scored 20 or more points. He had only one 20-point game in 2012-13.

Chris Crawford played in his 124th-consecutive contest vs. Houston Thursday.

Joe Jackson moved up the Memphis career scoring chart with his 18 points vs. Houston. He remained in the No. 12 spot with 1,462 career points. Up next for Jackson is Phillip Haynes, who is No. 11 with 1,479 career points from 1980-84.

Jackson has now scored in double figures in 16 games this season and has reached double digits 80 times in his Memphis career.

Chris Crawford also moved up the Tigers career scoring list with his two points vs. Houston. He remained in the No. 39 spot with 1,080 career points. Up next for Crawford is Baskerville Holmes, who scored 1,112 career points (1982-86).

Crawford recorded one steal and is now tied for fifth all-time with 206 career steals (Otis Jackson, 1978-82).

Michael Dixon recorded his first blocked shot of the season in Thursday night's victory.

Source: Memphis Athletics Communication

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