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TIGERS MANHANDLE UT-MARTIN, 88-58

TIGERS MANHANDLE UT-MARTIN, 88-58

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Dajuan Wagner had 21 points and Earl Barron scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds Friday night to lead the University of Memphis Tigers to an 88-58 victory over Tennessee-Martin. Barron connected on 6-of-9 from the floor, including his only 3-point attempt, and all four of his free throws for the Tigers (10-3). Wagner hit only 5 of his 16 shots and made 10 of 13 free throws. Tennessee-Martin (7-4) hit only 33 percent from the floor, including 23 percent during the first half. Jair Peralta and Joey Walker led the Skyhawks with 12 points each, the only Tennessee-Martin players in double figures. Memphis went on a 13-0 run for a 19-6 lead the Tigers never relinquished. The Skyhawks went 6 1/2 minutes without scoring during the Memphis streak. Memphis led 31-17 at halftime and extended it after the break, leading by 23 when Barron hit a 3-pointer with 14 minutes left. After another Barron basket made it 56-32, the Skyhawks scored nine consecutive points to whittle the margin to 56-41. Brian Foster (7 points) had two baskets in the stretch. But two field goals and a free throw by Antonio Burks (14 points) over a 30-second period gave Memphis a 60-41 lead. The final 30-point margin matched Memphis' largest lead of the game. Memphis dominated the boards 58-41 led by Chris Massie's 14.

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