ORLANDO – Memphis had a hot first half and held on to coast to a decisive win over Tulsa, 89-67, Friday night in the Amway Center.
Tulsa was led by Shaquille Harrison’s 15 points, while Brandon Swannegan added 14 and a team-high seven rebounds, and James Woodard scored 11 points.
The 6th-seeded Tigers jumped to a double-digit lead over Tulsa, the No. 3 seed, and had a 14-point lead at the half.
Memphis came out in the second half on fire, making six of its first nine field goals and four of its first five three-pointers, to take a 62-39 lead in the first five minutes. Memphis took its largest lead of 31 points at the 6:17 mark, and Tulsa cut the final margin to 22 points.
Both teams connected on 43-percent of its field goals, but due to turnovers, Memphis took 29 more shots than the Hurricane. The Tigers made 9-of-25 three pointers, while Tulsa converted just 4-of-15 from behind the arc.