MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Sean Banks scored 28 points as Memphis defeated
Marquette 89-71 Saturday night and extended its winning streak to
The Tigers (18-4, 9-2 Conference USA) were 16-of-31 from behind
the arc -- breaking the team's record of 15 3-pointers set Jan. 3,
2001, against Howard.
The Golden Eagles (13-8, 4-6) have lost three games in a row and
six of their last eight. They are 0-7 this season and 2-15 in coach
Tom Crean's career at Marquette when their opponent scores at least
80. Memphis' 89 points were the most Marquette has given up this
The win moves Memphis a half-game ahead of Cincinnati to lead
Conference USA. The Bearcats play Sunday at Wake Forest in a
Memphis was 10 of 18 from behind the arc in the first half,
including making eight in a row without a two-point field goal in a
8:28 stretch. Banks made 5-of-6 3-point attempts in the first half
and scored 15 points.
After Diener tied the score at 20 with 10:24 remaining in the
first half, Memphis went on a 20-8 run to take a 40-28 lead at
halftime. Marquette had just one field goal during that time.
Marquette failed to come within 10 points in the second half.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.