MEMPHIS, Tenn. Memphis coach John Calipari is constantly riding his players about their defense.
In two games, the No. 24 Tigers have been successful in forcing teams into bad shooting nights. That was the case Saturday night in a 75-58 victory over George Mason in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
''We did a nice job defensively,'' Calipari said. ''I was probably on them more than I needed to be. I was on them about execution, which I am usually not as hard about, especially early in the season.''
Memphis (2-0) will face St. Mary's in the national semifinals Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. In the other semifinal, No. 6 Syracuse will play No. 12 Mississippi State.
Sean Banks had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Memphis. Banks struggled from the field, hitting only five of his 20 shots, but was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
''We need Sean Banks to rebound,'' Calipari said. ''He fought like heck and got 11 rebounds. I have been on him as hard as anybody I have ever coached.''
Rodney Carney and Darius Washington added 12 points each, and Anthony Rice finished with 11. Joey Dorsey had his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
''When you have four very good perimeter players, and one big man inside, those are the hardest teams to guard,'' George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said. ''You can't leave any of them open.''
Jai Lewis led George Mason (1-1) with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamar Butler added 13 points. The Patriots struggled from the field, shooting 28 percent, including 3-for-19 from 3-point range.
Memphis led 41-32 at the half, but George Mason stayed close despite shooting 29 percent from the field, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range. The Patriots hit all but one of their 13 free throws in the half.
No. 15 Maryland 89, Carleton 60
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Chris McCray had 17 points and nine rebounds, and No. 15 Maryland never trailed in an 89-60 exhibition victory over Carleton on Saturday.
Freshman James Gist scored 13 points in a reserve role for the Terrapins, who had five players score in double figures. Maryland forced 20 turnovers and went 27-for-35 at the line.
The Terrapins won both their exhibition games, opening with a 100-85 victory over Division II Bryant on Nov. 5. The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions begin the regular season Friday night at home against Jackson State.
Michael Smart scored 22 points and Osvaldo Jeanty had 18 for Carleton, Canada's two-time defending national champs. The Ravens were coming off an 82-33 loss at Old Dominion.
Carleton shot only eight free throws. In its two preseason games, Maryland attempted 83 foul shots, compared to 26 for opponents.
The Terrapins led by 16 at halftime, but missed their first nine shots from the floor in the second half as Carleton closed to 49-40. Maryland then made six free throws in an 8-0 run that made it 57-40 with 13:39 left.
Maryland held a 60-47 lead with 12 minutes to go despite making three fewer field goals than Carleton. Over the next five minutes, however, the Terrapins made six baskets during a 13-5 run that turned the game into a rout.
© 2018. All Rights Reserved. | Contact Us