January 12, 2020 / 11:56 PM / 13 days ago

Achiuwa's double-double lifts Memphis over USF

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Jan 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Memphis Tigers forward Precious Achiuwa (55) is congratulated by Memphis Tigers guard Lester Quinones (11) against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at Yuengling Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Precious Achiuwa had 22 points and 11 rebounds as No. 21 Memphis rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat host South Florida 68-64 Sunday in an American Athletic Conference game.

Memphis (13-3, 2-1) snapped a two-game losing streak. Achiuwa shot 9 of 12 from the field and blocked five shots. Alex Lomax contributed five steals.

Tyler Harris earned a spot in the starting lineup after scoring 17 points off the bench Thursday at Wichita State, and matched that total Sunday with 17 points for the Tigers. Lester Quinones added 13 points. Quinones and Harris were a combined 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.

David Collins scored a game-high 24 points for South Florida (8-9, 1-3). Ezacuras Dawson shot 3 of 6 from behind the 3-point line and finished with 15 points.

Memphis fell behind 37-29 at halftime after committing 13 turnovers. USF scored 16 points off those turnovers.

The Bulls’ lead swelled to as many as 14 points in the second half.

South Florida shot 42.1 percent (8 of 19) overall from behind the arc.

Collins had two steals and Laquincy Rideau (five points) added three takeaways as USF forced 22 Memphis turnovers overall.

The Tigers outrebounded the Bulls 34-24 and shot 54.8 percent from the field (23 of 42). The Bulls shot 40 percent (20 of 50).

Memphis led for less than seven minutes in the game and never by more than the final margin.

Due largely to offensive struggles, the Tigers were winners of 10 straight before losing Jan. 4 vs. Georgia and Thursday at Wichita State.

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