The Bulls were 0-9 from downtown and shot just 42 percent (22-52) overall for the game. Entering the contest, the Tigers led the conference with 9.9 steals per game, and they met their average with 10 steals tonight, resulting in several transition buckets for Josh Pastner's ball club.
Memphis shot 40 percent (8-20) from three-point range for the night, and had three players with 18 points or more. Guard Geron Johnson recorded 19 points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds, while Joe Jackson had 19 points and five rebounds, going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe as well. Missouri transfer Michael Dixon Jr. also chipped in with 18 points and five assists on 7-of-10 shooting.
For the Bulls, athletic freshman center John Egbunu electrified the crowd with several thunderous dunks to give momentum to carry over to the new year. The 6-foot-10 Fort Walton Beach native had a career night with 20 points, 14 rebounds with a steal, assists and a block.
Victor Rudd struggled from the field, finishing with 17 points on 3-of-12 shooting, but possessed an impressive stroke at the free throw line, going 11-for-16. The Tigers committed 30 personal fouls on the night, but it wasn't enough to push the Bulls over the top.