Jeffries paces TU in Memphis win

DaQuan Jeffries came off the bench and recorded his first double-double with career highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds as Tulsa beat Memphis 64-51 on Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Jeffries went 8-of-15 from the floor, including a 3-of-4 mark from behind the arc, and had seven offensive rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (11-9, 4-4), who snapped a four-game skid. Jaleel Wheeler also came off the bench for a season-high 13 points, while Corey Henderson Jr. and Martins Igbanu added 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

Between Jeffries and Wheeler, TU held a 37-0 advantage in bench points and the Hurricane scored 25 points off 20 turnovers, which was a season-high for the Tigers (13-7, 4-3).

“I thought our guys showed great desire tonight, particularly when they (Memphis) made that run in the second half, and great toughness,” said TU coach Frank Haith. “We had a lot of guys step up. You have 37 points off the bench and we have been talking about that bench performance. [Jeffries] was outstanding. He has been waiting for one of these and he’s capable of having one of these.”

Memphis was led by a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds from Kyvon Davenport and Jeremiah Martin scored 14 points before leaving with an injury. The Tigers, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end, were held to just 35.3-percent shooting en route to their second-lowest point total of the campaign.

Tulsa led 33-20 at halftime, but the Tigers came out on fire to start the second half and put together a 7-0 run to knock the lead down to single-digits, where it would remain until the closing minutes.

Tulsa forced nine Tigers giveaways in the final eight minutes and pulled away for the 64-51 final.

The Hurricane will play Wichita State on Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.