#10 Memphis beats Belmont on ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Will Barton scored 23 points and Wesley

Witherspoon added 22 as No. 10 Memphis defeated Belmont 97-81 on


Joe Jackson added 20 points and seven assists for Memphis (1-0).

Freshman Adonis Thomas scored 12 for the Tigers, who shot 59

percent, including 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

Belmont, coming off a 77-76 loss at No. 6 Duke last Friday, was

led by J.J. Mann with 18 points, while Ian Clark had 16. Kerron

Johnson scored 13 and Mick Hedgepeth added 10.

Johnson and Hedgepeth each had eight rebounds as the Bruins

(0-2) outrebounded Memphis 42-29.

Belmont was limited to 39-percent shooting and committed 18

turnovers to nine for Memphis.