Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Memphis scored seven unanswered points in the last 1:24, including a layup and a foul shot by Joe Jackson, as the No. 24 Tigers shocked No. 12 and defending national champion Louisville, 73-67, Thursday at KFC Yum! Center.
Montrezl Harrell scored on a layup to give the Cardinals the lead for the last time before Geron Johnson made two foul shots to put the Tigers ahead for good.
After Russ Smith missed a layup, Jackson scored on the other end and split his charities for a 71-67 advantage with 18 seconds remaining. Shaq Goodwin capped Memphis’ fourth win in last five games with a dunk.
Goodwin and Jackson finished with 15 points apiece for the Tigers, who drew double-digit scoring from all of their starters.
Johnson had 13 points and 11 boards, Chris Crawford added 12 and Austin Nichols chipped in 10 markers and seven dimes as the Tigers improved to 11-3.
The win was the Tigers’ first on the road against a team ranked in the top 12 since 2005. Memphis is 2-2 against ranked teams this season, after going 0-12 in its first four seasons under Josh Pastner.
The Tigers also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cardinals dating back to the 2004-05 season.
Luke Hancock scored 20 points on top of five rebounds and five assists off the bench while Smith finished with 19 on 6-for-15 shooting as the Cardinals slipped to 13-3.
Harrell tallied 14 points and 11 boards while Terry Rozier added seven points for the Carinals, who got just a combined four points from starters Chris Jones and Wayne Blackshear.