No. 18 Memphis takes care of South Florida in AAC opener

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Updated: January 1, 2014

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Geron Johnson scored 19 points with five
steals as No. 18 Memphis took an 88-73 win over South Florida to open American
Athletic Conference action.

Joe Jackson scored 18 points with five rebounds and Michael Dixon gave 18
points and five assists for the Tigers (10-2, 1-0 AAC), who have won three
straight.

John Egbunu had a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls (9-5,
0-1), who have lost three of their last four. Victor Rudd gave 17 points and
nine rebounds in the loss.

Memphis trailed early on, but a 13-2 run put the team on top with Jackson
capping the run on a pair of free throws for a 22-12 lead halfway through the
first half.

Another 8-0 run later in the half pushed the lead to 16 points and Jackson’s
dunk near the buzzer gave the team a 48-32 lead after 20 minutes.

South Florida kept pace early in the second half, but a 3-pointer from Johnson
started a 13-2 run for the Tigers and the team held a 67-41 lead after Johnson
closed the spurt with a layup with 12 minutes to play.

Memphis stretched it lead to as high as 29 points down the stretch to cruise
to the win.

Game Notes

Memphis hosts Cincinnati on Saturday … South Florida hosts Houston on
Saturday … Memphis has won 19 of the 22 matchups with South Florida …
Memphis shot 52.4 percent from the field, while South Florida made 42.3
percent of its shots, but missed on all nine of its 3-point attempts.