The Tigers had five players score in double figures and used a last minute rally to pull off the upset in front of 21,988 at the KFC Yum! Center.
Louisville struggled to find a rhythm early against the visiting rival Tigers. The Cardinals connected on just 3 of 13 shots from the floor during the games first 8 minutes. Despite the early offensive woes, Louisville's defense kept Memphis in check, as the Tigers connected on 33% of their early attempts. Memphis 12-8.
After falling behind 23-18 with 7:36 remaining the first half, senior Luke Hancock scored on a three-pointer and then a layup off an assist from Russ Smith to pull the Cardinals even at 23-23. Hancock added another layup for 7 consecutive points and keep things at 25-25. He was the first Cardinal to reach double figures. Tied 25-25.
Memphis answered the Hancock led run with a 7-0 burst to grab their largest first half advantage. The Tigers had success inside and out. A three-pointer by Chris Crawford ignited the run, which included a dunk by Shaq Goodwin and a Joe Jackson layup. The run was ended by a three-pointer by Russ Smith, his first of the game. Memphis 32-25.
Following a pair of layups by Russ Smith that knotted the game at 39-39, Hancock drew a foul on a three-point attempt from the corner. The senior connected on 2 of 3 from the charity stripe to give Louisville it's first lead of the game with remaining in the game.
The Cardinals grabbed a four point advantage on a thunderous dunk by Harrell that brought the White Out crowd to their feet. Louisville 43-39.
Back & Forth
After a second straight dunk by Harrell that gave U of L a 45-41 lead, the Tigers quickly responded with another 7-0 run to regain a 48-45 lead. Five straight points by Smith pushed the Cardinals back on top at 50-48, starting a back and forth game that lasted until back-to-back jumpers by Jones and Harrell pushed U of L's lead to six with 5:27 remaining in the game. Louisville 61-55.
A tomahawk dunk by Harrell with 3:50 remaining brought the sold out Yum! Center crowd to their feet and appeared to give the Cardinals the momentum to close out the game, but the Tigers thought differently. Dunks by Shaq Goodwin and Geron Johnson helped Memphis even the score with 3:13 left in the game. 64-64.
Trailing by one with a minute to go, the visiting Tigers received a gift from the officials when they called Harrell for goal-tending on a layup attempt by Joe Jackson. While replay indicated that the ball was still on the rise, the basket counted. Memphis 70-67.