While the Memphis Tigers have a high amount of talent in their front court entering the 2013-14 season, Josh Pastner’s team isn’t the most experienced in the paint. One of the options at his disposal is senior forward David Pellom, who despite playing three seasons at George Washington has yet to play a game as a Memphis Tiger.
Unfortunately for both Pellom and the Tigers he’ll have to wait a little longer to make his debut, as he’s expected to sit out five weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. This is the second procedure Pellom’s had on the knee in 2013, with the first coming in March, and discomfort led to this most recent procedure.
“It was a simple and minor procedure, and we expect David back in no time,” Pastner said in the release.
Memphis doesn’t open its regular season until next Thursday when they host Austin Peay, but they will play an exhibition against Christian Brothers on Friday evening. Shaq Goodwin returns, and the Tigers also have talented newcomers Austin Nichols and Dominic Woodson at their disposal (freshman Nick King could also see time at the four in smaller lineups). But given how young Memphis is, Pellom is an important piece as the Tigers look to compete with Louisville and UConn atop the American Athletic Conference.
With the five-week prognosis Pellom will miss a game at Oklahoma State (November 19) and a possible Old Spice Classic semifinal matchup with LSU (should both teams win their respective openers). Will he be healthy enough to return to the floor when Memphis meets Florida in the Jimmy V Classic on December 17? That remains to be seen.
Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.