Memphis was manhandled by Carleton in the opening game of their Canadian tour over the weekend, losing 86-76 in a game that they once trailed by 32 points.
That’s not good.
But the Tigers bounced back on Sunday night, beating a good University of Ottawa team, 104-89.
Nick King led five Tigers in double-figures with 25 points, while Kuran Iverson chipped in with 18 points of his own. The Tigers allowed the Gee Gees to hit 17 threes and trailed 53-47 at half time, but a run early in the third quarter and 64.1% shooting from the floor — the Tigers were 36-for-49 from inside the arc — carried them to a win.
“We did some good thing tonight, but we still have a long way to go,” said head coach Josh Pastner. “We’re still getting exposed in a lot of areas that we’ll be able to work on in preseason workouts and practices. Overall, I was proud of our guys for their fight and their toughness in the second half.
“Nick played well tonight. I got on Nick after last night’s game because he wasn’t rebounding. He got to the glass tonight, and that’s why he was better. He and Kuran both played well tonight. And, Avery hit some big shots for us early in the second half that allowed us to open up our lead.”
This may not sound all that impressive, but it’s important to remember that Canada does have a pair of very good college teams. Ottawa has already beaten Indiana, Vermont and UIC this summer, as the Tigers were the first American college team to leave the Gee Gees’ gym with a win. Carleton lost to Indiana this year, but they beat Vermont and UIC as well and, last season, knocked off Towson, TCU and Wisconsin’s Final Four team before going to overtime with Syracuse.