Georgetown-Memphis Preview

BY foxsports • November 22, 2011

Memphis traveled all the way to the Maui Invitational only to end up playing a pair of teams that were already on its schedule.

The No. 8 Tigers will visit Georgetown later this season, but first these teams will meet for fifth place in this tournament Wednesday.

Memphis (2-1) is the second-highest ranked team in the field behind No. 6 Duke, but a quarterfinal loss Monday to No. 15 Michigan created an unusual set of circumstances as the Tigers faced Tennessee in a consolation game Tuesday.

Those in-state rivals will meet Jan. 4 in Memphis, and it figures to be even more highly anticipated after the Tigers pulled out a 99-97 double-overtime win.

Will Barton had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and brother Antonio Barton had 21 points and hit a big late jumper for the Tigers. Memphis blew a 16-point first-half lead and then came back after being down by four in the first overtime.

"In the first overtime, momentum swung to them," coach Josh Pastner said. "We got down four but again, we battled and we fought through and we found ways to get back and tie the game. And then going into the second overtime, again the same thing. We were down and we found a way to take the lead and made the plays we had to toward the end."

The Tigers got off to a strong start, building a 40-24 advantage on Antonio Barton's 3-pointer with 7:42 left in the opening half. The solid first half came after the disappointing 73-61 loss to the Wolverines.

"I was extremely proud of our guys to be able to come back. It's not easy to do that," Pastner said. "We lost a tough game yesterday morning, our psyche was a little down."

Georgetown (3-1), meanwhile, were also down after nearly upsetting No. 12 Kansas in a 67-63 loss in Monday's final quarterfinal. The Hoyas came back less than 24 hours later and routed Division II host Chaminade 88-61.

"I do think just having such a disappointing loss late last night followed by early morning, and we did feel the effects early," coach John Thompson III said. "I think we settled down a little bit, and now we have got to move on."

Jason Clark, Georgetown's only returning double-figure scorer, is establishing himself as the Hoyas' best player. Clark hit six 3-pointers and had a career-high 28 points.

"We fought well last night, so some guys are tired, some guys are hurting," Clark said. "But I think that's something that we've just got to play through."

These teams have met three of the previous four seasons, with the Hoyas winning the last two and set to host the Tigers on Dec. 22.

Georgetown's 86-69 win last season over Memphis may not mean much since Clark and Hollis Thompson are the only Hoyas starters returning from that game. The Tigers, meanwhile, have four starters back.

The Hoyas lead the all-time series, 8-2.

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