MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Sean Banks had a career-high 29 points and
10 rebounds, and Antonio Burks added 18 points and 11 assists
Saturday as Memphis built a double-digit halftime lead and coasted
to a 91-69 victory over Charlotte.
The Tigers (10-4, 1-2 Conference USA) led by at least 20 through
much of the second half as they snapped a two-game losing streak by
depending on long-range shooting. Memphis connected on 14-of-37
shots from 3-point range, including Banks hitting six of his seven.
Charlotte (10-4, 2-1) had won four straight entering the game.
Banks connected on 9-of-11 shots from the field and had four
offensive rebounds. Burks added four steals and only one turnover
to his performance.
Memphis closed the first half with a 21-6 run to take a 45-31
lead at the break. The streak included nine straight points for the
Memphis relied on its long-range shooting to build the lead. The
Tigers connected on 8 of 18 shots from outside the arc. Banks, who
led the Tigers with 13 points in the first half, hit all four of
his 3-pointers. Hunt had 11 in the half.
Withers and Basden had 10 each for the 49ers as Charlotte shot
38 percent from the field.
Memphis continued to extend the lead early in the second half,
eventually building the advantage to 60-41. Burks and Banks
combined for 13 points in the first seven minutes.
Charlotte cut the lead under 20 only once in the final 7:57.
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