Thomas' 18 points lift Memphis over Lipscomb 62-56

Thomas' 18 points lift Memphis over Lipscomb 62-56
December 20, 2012, 10:35 pm
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Memphis' Shaq Goodwin, center, loses control of the ball while defended by Lipscomb's Stephen Hurt, left, and Malcolm Smith, right, during first-half NCAA college basketball game action in Memphis,Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Adonis Thomas scored 18 points, Joe Jackson added 15 and Memphis endured a lackluster performance to defeat Lipscomb 62-56 on Thursday night.

Thomas connected on 6 of 14 shots in the game as Memphis (7-3) shot 35.8 percent (19 of 53) on the night. Shaq Goodwin scored 11 points and matched Thomas' seven rebounds. Geron Johnson scored 10.

Stephen Hurt led the Bisons (5-6) with 15 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds. Malcolm Smith finished with 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field.

Lipsomb managed to shoot 40.8 percent from the field (20 of 49), but was stymied by 24 turnovers. Memphis committed 16 turnovers, but had its biggest problems at the free-throw line, converting only 21 of 39 (53.8 percent). Lipscomb was only slightly better at 54.2 percent (13 of 24), and the Bisons inability to connect down the stretch prevented them from overtaking the Tigers.