At the Horn: Martin, pressing defense leads Tigers past CBU

By Updated: November 02, 2018 9:51 PM CT | Published: November 02, 2018 8:52 PM CT

Jeremiah Martin scored 24 points, Kyvon Davenport added 16 as Memphis ended its preseason exhibition schedule with a 95-68 victory over Christian Brothers on Friday night.

Martin made eight of his first nine shots, and finished the night connecting on 9 of 12, including 4 of 5 from outside the arc. Tyler Harris added 15 for Memphis, which opens its regular season Tuesday at home against Tennessee Tech.

A pestering, ball-slapping defense by Memphis caused problems for CBU the entire game, leading to 28 turnovers, including 18 in the second half. The Bucs managed only 39.6 percent shooting.

Junior guard Joe Laravie lead CBU with 26 points, hitting 7 of 14 from the field for the game and missing only one of his 11 free throws.

Memphis shot 52.8 percent for the game, but was only 8 of 23 from outside the arc, including making only two 3-pointers in the second half.

By that time, though, the game was well in hand for the Tigers.

CBU actually led 14-13 on a jumper from Laravie with just under 14 minutes left in the first half.

Then things went terribly wrong for the Bucs as they suffered through a drought stretching more than 6 minutes. Eight turnovers over the span – many caused by the Tigers full court pressure – aggravated the Bucs’ problems as Memphis clicked off 17 straight points to a 30-14 lead.

Memphis would have periods of its own problems handling the ball in the first half, allowing CBU to make a dent in the advantage, once cutting the lead to 11. Eventually Memphis would hold a 45-31 lead at intermission.

Martin continued his accurate shooting, scoring 16 points in the half, missing only one of his seven shots.

Laravie was doing his best to keep pace, scoring 17 points in the half missing only two of his first seven shots.

But he wasn’t getting much help on the offensive end as CBU shot 33 percent for the half. Starters Luke Rudy, Adam Dieball and Jacob Lyons were a combined 3 of 16 from the field.  

The Bucs were still sort of hanging around, trailing by 14, near the 15-minute mark of the second half. But Memphis again used its pressure defense causing more turnovers and converting the Bucs problems to easy baskets. Memphis reeled off a 14-2 run, hitting all seven of its shots during the span to pull away for good.


CBU: Head coach Mike Nienaber has stood at the helm of the Bucs crew for 20 years, resulting in him facing his fourth different Tiger head coach when he faced Penny Hardaway on Friday. …Like Memphis, CBU was picked in the preseason to finish fourth in their conference (the Gulf South). …While CBU returns six letter-winners from last season, that includes only two starters. …CBU was 21-9 last season, 12-8 in the Gulf South Conference.

Memphis: Martin scored the Tigers first 11 points, hitting all four of his shots, including three beyond the arc. …While CBU committed 10 turnovers in the first half, the Tigers had nine miscues. ... A testimony to the difference in styles, Memphis dominated fastbreak points 34-13.

Familiar foes

Memphis and CBU have played 12 preseason game since the opening of the 2004-05 season. The last time was two years ago when the Tigers won  69-42. The previous game – in 2014 – was the only Bucs win, which Don Wade highlighted earlier this week. The two teams have played two regular-season games, both won by the Tigers.

Up next

CBU: Open the regular season on the road next Friday against Central State in Ohio. The two teams play a second game on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Canale Arena

Memphis: Open the regular season at home next Tuesday night against Tennessee Tech


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Clay Bailey

Clay Bailey

Clay Bailey, a lifelong Memphian, has worked as a reporter in the city almost four decades. He concentrated on suburban coverage. He also is a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press.

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