Memphis, Tenn. – Pookie Powell and Avery Woodson each hit four three-pointers and Memphis shot 52.4 percent from beyond the arc on its way to an 83-73 victory over USC Upstate Wednesday from the FedEx Forum.
Upstate entered the game ranked 24th in the nation in three-point percentage defense at 27.1 percent and hadn’t allowed more than nine three-pointers in any game this season. Memphis finished 11-for-21 from beyond the arc and went 4-for-7 in the second half.
Powell and Woodson each had a career-high 16 points and Trahson Burrell registered career-highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Nick King added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Ty Greene finished with a game-high 25 points and a career-best six steals to help the Spartans finish with 14. Fred Miller added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Michael Buchanan posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Damian Goodwin chipped in with a season-high 12 points.
Upstate took its largest lead of the game midway through the first half when Goodwin hit a three-pointer from the wing to put the Spartans ahead 18-10. Memphis answered with a 19-3 run over the next 5:11 to build a 29-21 lead with Woodson accounting for nine points during that stretch.
Marvin Smith pulled Upstate to within five points with a layup at the 4:32 mark, but the Tigers closed the half on a 10-2 run to hold a 42-29 lead at halftime.
Memphis led by double digits for most of the opening six minutes of the second half before Greene scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to five midway through the half.
Upstate trimmed the Memphis lead to two points following a steal by Jacob Schulte and a layup from Miller. But Memphis followed with a 13-1 run to open up a 76-62 lead with just under six minutes remaining.
Upstate puts the finishing touches on a four-game road trip Saturday at 4 p.m. EST when the Spartans travel to Jackson, Miss., to face Mississippi State from the Mississippi Coliseum.