Memphis Holds off Saints, Horn in Gotham Classic Thriller

Dec. 21, 2017

Final Stats

MEMPHIS, TN -- Kyvon Davenport completed the go-ahead three-point play with 2:19 remaining, and sunk a pair of clutch free throws in the waning seconds, as Memphis survived Siena Basketball 70-66 in the Houzz Gotham Classic presented by TicketIQ at FedExForum. Freshman guard Jordan Horn exploded for a season-high 24 points on eight three-pointers off the bench for the Saints, which led for nearly 24 minutes and by as many as 10 points in falling just short in their bid to pull off a high-major upset.

Davenport finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks for Memphis (8-3) which won its ninth straight in the Bluff City dating back to last season. Jeremiah Martin added 16 points of his own to go along with five steals for the Tigers which recorded their fifth double-digit comeback win in eight home games this season.

Horn continued his coming out party in shooting a scintillating 8-12 from three-point range in falling just one triple shy of the Siena (3-8) single-game record of nine set by Jim Secretarski on Jan. 19, 1995 at Iona. Horn, who totaled just 17 points over his first 10 collegiate contests, has now scored 36 points in his past two games.

Horn made a trio of threes as part of a first-half ending 11-4 run which gave the Saints a 34-26 lead at the break, despite a 53% shooting performance by Memphis. Siena took 11 more shots than the Tigers in the opening stanza as the Saints turned 10 Memphis turnovers into 13 points, while also holding the longer, more athletic Tigers without an offensive rebound.

But after going down by double figures on the first possession of the second half, Memphis reeled off a 17-4 run midway through the stanza to take a 57-51 advantage with 8:16 remaining. Siena never reclaimed the lead, but battled back to pull even at 62-all following a pair of free throws from junior forward Evan Fisher with 2:48 to play. However, on the ensuing possession, Davenport completed a three-point play highlighted by a put-back slam to put the Tigers back in front for good with 2:19 left.

 

 

The Saints wouldn't quit though as Horn's final three rallied Siena to within a point at 67-66 with 17.3 seconds remaining. Horn would also get off a heavily contested look at a potential game-tying three in the waning seconds, but it was well of the mark as Memphis held on.

It was a rare long distance miss from Horn, who once again fueled the Saints' three-point barrage. Just a game after tying for the program's most made threes in 12 years, Siena connected for 14 triples to represent the program's most in a contest since making 15 at Fordham on Nov. 24, 2001.

Raynere Thornton tallied career-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds while shooting 6-10 from the free throw line for the Tigers which were awarded 37 foul shots to the Saints' eight. Kareem Brewton, Jr. rounded out Memphis' double figure scorers with 13 points.

Siena was buoyed by another strong bench performance as, after scoring 54 points in Sunday's win at Bryant, the Saints' reserves added 46 more points which once again included three double-digit performers off the pine. Junior guard Nico Clareth and sophomore guard Khalil Richard scored 11 points apiece, while starting point guard Roman Penn added 10 points to cap Siena's double figure scorers.

The Saints conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule Friday when they host Holy Cross at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center.