Memphis defeats Fordham, 67-66, in first game of Basketball Traveler's, Inc., Tip-Off Classic

Nov. 26, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Brittany Carter scored 19 points and had five steals to lead Memphis to a 67-66 victory over Fordham in the first game of the BTI Tip-Off Classic in Allen Fieldhouse Friday afternoon. Junior Ramses Lonlack also added 11 points for the Tigers.

Memphis improved to 3-2 with the victory, while Fordham fell to 4-2 on the season, snapping a four-game winning streak.

Fordham senior Caitlin Shadbolt led all scorers with 26 and sophomore Arielle Collins contributed 14 points in the loss.

With 3:26 left in the game, Collins completed a three-point play to tie the game at 59. The teams exchanged layups to keep the game knotted at 61. With 1:58 left, Carter made a long two-point jumper to give Memphis the lead, but Shadbolt responded with a three-pointer to put Fordham on top by one. Junior Jasmine Lee then made a basket in the final minute to mark the final lead change of the game, putting Memphis ahead 65-64.

With three seconds left on the clock, Fordham trailed by only one point. Junior Becky Peters stole a Memphis inbound pass to give the Rams a chance, but time expired before the team could get a shot in the air.

No team made more than two consecutive baskets in the first six minutes of the game, as Fordham took an early 12-10 lead. However, Memphis went on an 18-2 run over the next five minutes to claim a 14-point lead with 8:20 remaining in the half.

The Tigers maintained their double-digit lead for the next five minutes, leading 34-23 with 3:07 left in the opening period. Fordham closed the half on a 7-0 run to make the score 34-30 in favor of the Tigers at intermission.

To begin the second half, Fordham scored the first seven points to take a 37-34 lead, extending its run from the end of the first half to 14 unanswered points. Fordham’s lead grew to six at its largest point, 49-43 at the 11-minute mark. Memphis then went on a 10-3 run to take a one-point lead, 53-52, with seven minutes to go. From that point, no team led by more than three points.

Fordham will play Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against North Dakota State in Allen Fieldhouse, while Memphis will return to action in Saturday’s nightcap against Kansas. That game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.