Top 25 roundup: Memphis takes down No. 9 Alabama

Dec 14, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers center Jalen Duren (2) reacts after a basket during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 14, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers center Jalen Duren (2) reacts after a basket during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Williams scored a season-high 20 points and also contributed six assists and three steals as host Memphis halted a four-game losing streak with an impressive 92-78 victory over No. 6 Alabama in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday night.

Jalen Duren added 14 points and six rebounds and Landers Nolley II recorded 13 points, six assists and four steals for the Tigers (6-4), who snapped an eight-game skid against Top 10 programs that dated back to a 72-66 win over then-No. 7 Louisville on March 1, 2014.

Lester Quinones scored 12 points and Tyler Harris added 11 for Memphis, which outscored Alabama by 14 over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half to take control.

Keon Ellis scored 19 points for the Crimson Tide (8-2), who had a four-game winning streak halted. Jahvon Quinerly added 12 points and Jaden Shackelford registered 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Alabama.

No. 2 Duke 103, South Carolina State 62

AJ Griffin poured in 19 points off the bench as the Blue Devils overwhelmed the visiting Bulldogs in Durham, N.C.

Trevor Keels had 14 points, Joey Baker pumped in 13, Paolo Banchero 12, Wendell Moore Jr. 11 and Mark Williams 10. Banchero led the Blue Devils (8-1) with seven rebounds and six assists.

Edward Oliver-Hampton scored 13 points off the bench and Cameron Jones had 10 points for the Bulldogs (3-8), who shot just 4-for-20 on 3-pointers on the way to 32.5 percent overall.

No. 13 Auburn 70, North Alabama 44

Walker Kessler totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots as the Tigers cruised past the visiting Lions.

Jabari Smith tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds and Devan Cambridge also scored 13 for the Tigers (9-1), who won their sixth consecutive game and snapped the Lions’ five-game winning streak.

Daniel Ortiz led North Alabama (6-4) with 12 points and tied a team-high with five rebounds. C.J. Brim totaled nine points and five rebounds.

No. 17 Texas 63, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 31

Tre Mitchell scored 14 points to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Longhorns rolled over the visiting Golden Lions to remain undefeated in Austin, Texas.

No Texas player aside from Mitchell scored in double figures. The Longhorns (7-2), who bounced back from a loss at then-No. 23 Seton Hall on Thursday, outshot Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42.9 percent to 30.8 percent, outrebounded the Golden Lions 37-23 and led by as many as 34 points.

Kylen Milton led the Golden Lions with eight points. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-11) has lost all 10 of its road games, include blowout defeats to two other teams from the Big 12 Conference — Iowa State (83-64) and Baylor (99-54).

No. 18 Tennessee 96, South Carolina Upstate 52

Olivier Nkamhoua scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half as the Volunteers opened a 27-point lead and cruised past the Spartans in Knoxville, Tenn.

Kennedy Chandler had 15 points and 10 assists and John Fulkerson scored 12 points for the Volunteers (8-2), who led by as many as 48 points in the second half. Nkamhoua also grabbed eight rebounds.

Nick Alves scored 15 points for South Carolina Upstate (2-8), which has lost five consecutive games. He was the only scorer in double figures for the visitors.

No. 19 LSU 89, Northwestern State 49
Tari Eason scored 18 points as the Tigers remained unbeaten with a rout of the visiting Demons in Baton Rouge, La.

Xavier Pinson put up 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Efton Reid posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who are off to their first 10-0 start since winning the first 13 games of the 1999-2000 season.

Kendal Coleman scored 16 points and Cedric Garrett added 15 to lead the Demons (2-9), who shot 27.9 percent and committed 17 turnovers.

No. 14 Houston 71, Louisiana 56

Jamal Shead scored a season-high 16 points and Taze Moore recorded his second career double-double as the shorthanded Cougars held off the visiting Ragin’ Cajuns.

Shead added five rebounds and five assists and finished 7-for-7 from the foul line for Houston (9-2). Moore (14 points, 10 rebounds) helped shoulder the load in what was a collective effort from the Cougars, who were without leading scorer Marcus Sasser (foot) and key contributors Reggie Chaney (hand) and Tramon Mark (shoulder).

Jordan Brown led Louisiana (5-5) with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

No. 25 Texas Tech 75, Arkansas State 62

The Red Raiders shot 56 percent from the floor overall, including 65.4 percent in the first half, and they kept the Red Wolves at arm’s length most of the way in Lubbock, Texas.

Kevin McCullar led Texas Tech (8-1) with 21 points, and his big night loomed large because fellow veteran Terrence Shannon Jr. hobbled off the court in the first half and didn’t return after scoring only two points. Adonis Arms scored 15 points and Bryson Williams added 12.

Markise Davis led Arkansas State (7-3) with 17 points, Marquis Eaton scored 15 and Malcolm Farrington added 14 on a night when leading scorer Desi Sills was limited to three points and went 0 for 6 from the field.

–Field Level Media