Memphis 87, IUPUI 67

Elliot Williams scored 27 points and Pierre Henderson-Niles

added 15 as Memphis cruised to an 87-67 victory over Indiana

University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Monday.

Williams hit five of six 3-point attempts and finished 8-of-11

from the field to lead the Tigers (9-2). IUPUI is 9-5.

Memphis came into the game hitting 34 percent from beyond the

arc and went 11-of-19 on 3-pointers. Wesley Witherspoon added 11

points for the Tigers.

Leroy Nobles led IUPUI with 18 points and Alex Young chipped in

with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Memphis led by as many as 23 midway through the second half, and

the Jaguars never cut the advantage under double digits after

halftime.

The Jaguars relied on a zone defense to force the Tigers to the

perimeter. That gave Henderson-Niles 11 quick points, but IUPUI

remained close.

The teams exchanged leads through the first eight minutes. The

Jaguars? pressure kept the Tigers offense swinging the ball around

the outside.

Memphis broke the game open midway through the first half with

effective 3-point shooting over the zone. The Tigers scored 11

unanswered points, and eventually extended the lead to 40-21,

connecting on four straight 3-point shots during the run.

The Jaguars turned up the pressure late in the half, forcing

Memphis to miss seven of its last eight shots and commit four

turnovers in the final seven minutes before the break. That allowed

IUPUI to chip away at the Memphis advantage.

The Tigers used the 3-point shooting to build a 47-34 halftime

lead. Williams hit four of his five shots in the half, including

three from outside the arc for 14 points, while Henderson-Niles had

his 11.

Memphis shot 51.6 percent for the game (33 of 64), while the

Jaguars shot 39.6 percent (19-of-48).