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‘Close’ not what Tigers are aiming for, says Fuente

Tigers 600Over halfway into the 2013 campaign, the University of Memphis football team has been competitive in each and every week. Yet through seven games, the Tigers have only been able to tally one win.

So is head coach Justin Fuente satisfied with their improvement?

"In a lot of ways, we should sit back and say 'look at the progress.' It's encouraging to get close. It's a lot better than where we were last year. We were getting our doors blown off left and right," said Fuente during his weekly press conference.

 

Bayless rhythm helps Grizz keep Boston winless

grizz-Tony-Steals7149-600Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless was scoreless for three quarters. Suddenly, he couldn't miss.

Bayless and the Grizzlies rallied, got in a defensive mindset and erased a six-point deficit late fourth in the quarter. The cohesiveness down the stretch led to a 95-88 victory on Monday night at FedExForum against the winless Boston Celtics. Bayless poured in 15 points in the final quarter.

"I got rhythm," Bayless said. "I played so bad I missed three layups in the first half. I had to figure something out. You know it just kind of worked out and I was able to make some shots and make up for the bad stuff I did in the first half."

 

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

3-game home stand for Grizz

grizz-Foul-6544-600The Grizzlies (1-2) begin a three-game home stand tonight when the Boston Celtics (0-3) visit the FedExForum.

On Wednesday (Nov. 6), New Orleans marches into Memphis, with Golden State challenging the Grizzlies on Saturday (Nov. 9).

 

Freshman follies continue to plague Tigers

Brandon-Hayes-TD-6031-600Headed into Wednesday night's game against Cincinnati, the University of Memphis knew at least three things: they would have their hands full against the Bearcats (5-2); the game would get air time on ESPN2; and a victory would do measures for the national identity of the Tigers (1-5).

Well, two out of three isn't bad, as Memphis rallied late but could not overcome Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1), falling 34-21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Memphis won the toss and elected to defer. On its first drive, Cincinnati faced a 4th and 2 deep in Memphis' territory and decided to try and assert its will. They failed.

Tip-Off Luncheon signals Grizz season opener almost here

grizzIMG-Auction-6024-600The Grizzlies kick off the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs. One of the annual signs that the season is about to get underway unfolded at the FedExForum on Wednesday.

The 12th annual Tip-Off Luncheon featured a silent auction and other auctions, with the benefits going to St. Jude Hospital. Several Memphis Grizzlies were on hand to interact with fans.

After Mustangs and before Bearcats, Tigers seek way up

Tigers-Fumble-600After this week, the University of Memphis Tigers will have reached the halfway point of the 2013-14-football campaign. Most would agree the Tigers have made steady progress throughout the year.

The improvement noted, Memphis (1-4) took on the Southern Methodist University Mustangs and found the Tigers' strength – defense – under siege at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium last Saturday (Oct. 19).

Translation: Two steps forward encountered three steps back and ultimately resulted in a 34-29 setback.

Griz work to purge ‘preseason sloppiness’

Griz-1-600With four preseason games left, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to cut down on turnovers and careless mistakes.

The "preseason sloppiness" will cease, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said on Tuesday after the team defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 102-99 at FedExForum.

Now 2-2, the Grizzlies entered the game averaging 20 turnovers but only turned the ball over 13 times. They played without Mike Miller, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Tayshaun Prince, Willie Reed and newly-signed guard Andre Barrett. The team will play its next three tilts on the road before finishing the preseason against Houston on Oct. 25 at FedExForum.

Against Milwaukee, Quincy Pondexter topped his career single-game high of 17 points, leading all scorers with 24 points in his first start of the season.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Tigers looking to get over the hump

Tigers-D-600An underdog going up against the Cougars in Houston last weekend, the University of Memphis football Tigers had been steadily improving and the thought of a victory wasn't beyond the realm of reality.

The Tigers clearly believed that, holding a 15-10 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the "Big Blue Nation,"the Cougars rallied handing the Tigers (1-4) a 25-15 setback, their fourth loss this season.

For Memphis, it was the second time in as many games in conference competition that the Tigers had the lead late in the game and couldn't come away with a win. After a chaotic finish, Memphis stumbled the week before against UCF after edging ahead early in the fourth quarter.