Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford help Memphis Tigers rout Jackson State Tigers 70-45: NCAA Basketball

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Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford help Memphis Tigers rout Jackson State Tigers 70-45: NCAA Basketball
The dynamic duo of Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford combined for 29 points as Memphis Tigers set Jackson State Tigers alight in Monday's showdown at the FedExForum with a huge 70-45 victory.
Memphis bounced back from a 91-88 overtime defeat to Georgetown Hoyas and improved to 3-2. Jackson State, on the other hand, lost their third straight game and dropped to 1-7.
Jackson scooped out game-high 15 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the field and stole the ball three times while Crawford had 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Stan Simpson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds,
scored seven points and blocked five shots for Memphis.
Jenirro Bush was the only player for the Jackson State Tigers in double scoring figures. He finished with 11 points on 5 for 16 shooting from the field, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots in nearly 32 minutes of action.
Memphis shot 53.1 percent (26 for 49) from the field while the Jackson State ended on 30.8 percent (16 for 52). Memphis had a 15-8 advantage on assists and committed just 11 turnovers as compared to 23 by Jackson State.
Kelsey Howard got Jackson State going with a lay-up but Stan Simpson and Joe Jackson drove to the rim to put Memphis ahead by 4-2. Willie Readus made jumper to knot the game at 4 only to see Memphis score seven consecutive points
for an 11-4 lead. Jackson State bounced back though and cut the margin to two, 11-9, but Memphis reeled off a 14-6 run for a 25-15 lead at halftime.
Leading by ten points at break, the Memphis Tigers opened the second half on a 15-0 run for a 40-15 lead with 16:18 to go in the game.
"In the second half, we just wanted to come out with a lot of energy," Crawford said "We had no energy in the first half, so we wanted to come with a lot of intensity, pressure the ball and force a lot of turnovers."
The Jackson State boys couldn’t muster any sort of momentum to counter the Tigers from Memphis and Anderson admitted that fact post game;
"We could not stop the momentum in the second half,"
Jackson State continued to struggle with turnovers and let their shooting percentage dip heavily in the second period as Memphis walked off with yet another victory.
However, Memphis coach Josh Pastner was not inspire by the performance of his team,
 "They shouldn't feel good after the performance," "We need to be better. This is not a satisfying performance. We got the win, but no one should be happy in the locker room.”



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