Tigers down Canisius 71-63 in Orlando in consolation bracket

Kyvon Davenport posts double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds

By Updated: November 24, 2018 9:01 AM CT | Published: November 23, 2018 6:49 PM CT

After Oklahoma State handed Memphis a 20-point loss in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, coach Penny Hardaway called the performance “embarrassing” and vowed to make adjustments.

One adjustment was evident from the opening tip Friday as the Tigers defeated Canisius 71-63 in the consolation bracket. Hardaway removed forwards Kyvon Davenport and Isaiah Maurice from the starting lineup and replaced them with Mike Parks and Raynere Thornton. Hardaway kept three guards – senior Jeremiah Martin and freshmen Tyler Harris and Alex Lomax – in the starting lineup.

Hardaway said he was hoping the change would energize the team, make the Tigers the aggressors.

"We had to punch first," he told media after the game.

The move especially paid off with Davenport and Parks. Davenport posted a double-double, leading Memphis with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. Parks scored 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting in just 17 minutes.

The victory boosted Memphis to 3-2, dropped Canisius to 1-4, and sets up Sunday’s 5:30 p.m. game for fifth-place with Charleston. The game is being carried on ESPNU.

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Parks and Martin combined to score the Tigers’ first 15 points of the game. Early on, Memphis focused on trying to move the ball and to go inside instead of shooting threes. Martin, on one possession, passed up a wide-open three to drive and then made a jump pass down low to Parks for a bucket.

Freshman guard Antwann Jones led the first-half scoring for Memphis with 10 points, and Martin, Parks and Davenport all had eight points. Jones finished with 14 points and six rebounds and flashed an ability to drive and finish at the rim that Harris and Lomax, as much smaller players, can’t match. But Jones also clanked all three shots from long distance.

Lomax only scored two points, but he was second in rebounds with eight, led the Tigers with five assists and was effective at feeding the ball to the frontline. Guard Kareem Brewton chipped in four points with five rebounds and three assists.

Seven different Tigers grabbed four or more rebounds and Memphis dominated the glass 51-28 and 19-9 on the offensive end. The Tigers won second-chance points 21-7.

Davenport said the bounce-back win was needed after the loss to Oklahoma State, which he termed a "wake-up call" for the Tigers.

Pesky Golden Griffins

Although Memphis led by as many 16 points in the first half, the lead was 40-31 at halftime and Canisius got the Tigers’ lead down to five points multiple times in the second half. The last time was at the 2:23 mark when Takai Molson (game-high 18 points) made a layup to cut the Memphis lead to 66-61.

Memphis turnovers helped keep Canisius in the game as the Golden Griffins scored 18 points off the Tigers’ 20 miscues.

But Brewton effectively ended any threat of a comeback with a change-of-pace driving layup with 48 seconds left to hike the Memphis lead back to seven points.

"Gutsy win," Hardaway said. 

Off the Mark

While Memphis shot 48 percent from the floor and scored 44 points in the paint, the Tigers again struggled from 3-point range. They made just 1 of 14 shots from distance for 7 percent and missed all six triples they shot in the second half. They also finished with just 14 assists.

Canisius also wasn’t great, hitting 5 of 21 for 24 percent beyond the arc and shooting only 40 percent from the field.

The Golden Griffins went 10 of 18 from the foul line for 56 percent while Memphis made 10 of 16 for 63 percent.

As the Rotation Turned

Although Hardaway changed the starting lineup, eight players got at least 18 minutes on the court. Maurice finished with just two points and one rebound in eight minutes off the bench.

Martin led with 35 minutes, Lomax played 25, Thornton 23 and Brewton and Davenport each got 21 minutes.

Harris scored two points on 1 of 5 shooting, 0 of 2 from deep.

You can find the Tigers-Canisius box score here.


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Don Wade has covered Memphis sports since 1998, voted on Baseball's Hall of Fame and the Heisman Trophy, and remains stunned his Kansas City Royals won a second World Series in his lifetime.

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