No. 18 Memphis beats South Florida 88-73

10:32 PM, Dec 31, 2013   |    comments
South Florida Bulls center John Egbunu (5) dunks against the Stetson Hatters during the first half at USF Sun Dome on Novemer 22, 2013. -Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geron Johnson scored 19 points and No. 18 Memphis beat South Florida 88-73 in the American Athletic Conference season opener for both teams Tuesday night.

Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon Jr. added 18 points apiece for Memphis (10-2, 1-0), which had eight 3-pointers. The Tigers entered averaging 4.6 3s per game.

John Egbunu had 20 points for South Florida (9-5, 0-1), which was without point guard Anthony Collins, who missed his fourth straight game due to left knee soreness.

Johnson and Chris Crawford made consecutive long-range jumpers that extended Memphis' lead to 60-39 with 14:22 to play. Crawford, who entered averaging 9.4 points, missed his first eight shots in the game.

The Tigers' lead reached 70-43 when Crawford hit another 3.

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