Recap: Memphis vs. Texas-El Paso
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Joe Jackson scored 17 points and Tarik Black tallied 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, as Memphis pulled away for a 65-47 win over Texas-El Paso in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament.
Chris Crawford contributed 11 points and seven assists for the top-seeded Tigers (24-8), who will face UCF in the semifinals on Friday. Memphis not only beat UTEP in the final last year, but the Tigers are going after their record sixth Conference USA tourney crown.
John Bohannon had 15 points and nine rebounds to pace the Miners (15-17), who had lost in the championship game each of the previous two years. Jacques Streeter tallied 11 points in defeat.
The Miners raced to a 10-2 lead, but Memphis went ahead 15-14 on a jumper from Antonio Barton. It remained tight for the remainder of the first half, but Barton's bucket in the final minute boosted Memphis to a 31-26 halftime edge.
The Tigers then stretched their advantage thanks to limiting UTEP to 7-of-27 shooting in the second half. Jackson's layup capped a 9-2 burst to start the period.
UTEP didn't get closer than six the rest of the way. The Miners ended up shooting 34 percent, including a 2-of-12 effort from three-point range. Additionally, the Miners had 21 turnovers, leading to 25 Memphis points. The Tigers also held a 22-4 scoring margin in fast-break points.Game Notes