Jahvon Quinerly scored 25 points, including nine in overtime, as No. 13 Memphis survived another close call defeating UTSA 107-101 for their ninth straight win.
MEMPHIS, Tenn — MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Jahvon Quinerly scored 25 points, including nine in overtime, as No. 13 Memphis survived another close call defeating UTSA 107-101 on Wednesday night.
David Jones led the Tigers with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Jourdain finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds as Memphis (14-2, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) won its ninth straight.
Jordan Ivy-Curry led UTSA (7-9, 1-2) with 28 points. Christian Tucker added 14 points and Chandler Cuthrell finished with 13 points.
UTSA had won two of its last three including an overtime win over Rice on Saturday and pushed the Tigers to the brink of trouble. The teams were tied at 94 at the end of regulation as the Tigers had to fight the entire game.
Quinerly opened the extra period with a four-point play, and UTSA came close, but never recovered from the deficit.
The Tigers have struggled recently against teams – on paper – they should have dominated. Quinerly connected on last-second 3-pointers to give Memphis wins over Tulsa and SMU to secure their national ranking.
UTSA not only stayed in the game, it led for most of the half. The Roadrunners 37-35 advantage was fueled by 3-point shooting accuracy early. Ivy-Curry had a trio of 3-pointers and 11 points.
The trend changed at the start of the second half with Memphis connecting on 5 of 7 3-pointers to take the lead. But the Roadrunners kept pace, preventing Memphis from pulling away.
UTSA: The Roadrunners used 3-point shooting to keep the Tigers on their heels. UTSA was 17 of 45 to stay close throughout.
Memphis: As they have in recent games, the Tigers let an opponent hold the lead through the first half. It wasn’t until the overtime period the Memphis crowd could breathe a bit easier.
UTSA: Hosts Charlotte on Saturday.
Memphis: Travels to Wichita State on Sunday.