Davis, Memphis knock off unbeaten No. 11 Auburn, 82-73

Dec 10, 2022, 2:51 AM | Updated: 6:14 pm
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball g...

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)

(AP Photo/Erik Rank)

              Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn guard Chance Westry (10) dribbles against a Memphis defender during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn guard Chance Westry (10) attempts a basket against a Memphis defender during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn guard K.D. Johnson (0) defends against Memphis guard Kendric Davis (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn center Dylan Cardwell (44) attempts a pass against a Memphis defender during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Memphis guard Alex Lomax, front right, makes a play against Auburn guard Allen Flanigan (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Memphis forward Malcolm Dandridge (23) dunks  against Auburn during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn guard K.D. Johnson (0) reacts after breaking up a play by Memphis during the first-half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn center Dylan Cardwell (44) dunks in front of Memphis guard Keonte Kennedy (1) during during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn guard Wendell Green Jr. is defended by Memphis guard Jayden Hardaway (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)
            
              Auburn guard K.D. Johnson (0) goes to the basket as Memphis' Keonte Kennedy defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik Rank)

ATLANTA (AP) — Kendric Davis scored a season-high 27 points, DeAndre Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Memphis beat No. 11 Auburn 82-73 on Saturday night to end the Tigers’ season-opening winning streak at eight.

Davis’ jumper beat the shot-clock buzzer to make it 60-50 with 11:18 remaining, and Memphis (8-2) was never threatened again. The closest Auburn got was an eight-point deficit on K.D. Johnson’s free throws with 3:04 left.

“We were playing a top team on one of the biggest stages there was today,” Davis said. “You always want to leave your impact. It’s urgent when you play these types of teams because it’s a resume win and you don’t have too many of them. It’s good we got it done.”

Wendell Green Jr. and Johnson each scpred 14 points and Chris Moore had 12 for Auburn (8-1), which began the day as one of 10 unbeaten teams in the nation.

Green’s offensive foul wiped out his basket and a missed layup by Moore in the closing minutes, and coach Bruce Pearl was called for a technical with 1:30 remaining to end Auburn’s last hope. Davis made two free throws to make it 75-65 heading into the final minute.

“That crowd was loud as hell,” Davis said. “It was like we were at their arena. I’m glad we stayed together. They made a run and the crowd got super loud and we answered every time they answered. That was the best thing. We’ve been in some tough games this year, man.”

Auburn was trying to get off to a 9-0 start for the second time in nine seasons under Pearl, whose 2019-20 team started 15-0.

“We have a defense where we shouldn’t let them split the ball screen,” Johnson said. “That was happening a lot so that fuels a lot of things on the back end. If we would’ve cleaned that up and stopped them then, we probably could’ve had a couple more points to get to in the end.”

Davis, the reigning player of the year in the American Athletic Conference, came up limping on the baseline late in the first but stayed in the game and played a team-high 38 minutes. He has played with a sore ankle most of the season but went 9 for 19 from the field and had six assists and nine rebounds.

One game after setting season highs with 93 points and 10 3s in a lopsided win over Colgate, Auburn shot just 38.1% and went 6 for 24 beyond the arc.

Memphis began the game averaging just 13 turnovers per game and committed 19.

“We know this was a big win for us,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. “Auburn is a tough, tough, tough team. Physically, they’re No. 1 at protecting the rim with blocks, and we knew what it was going to be like to come in here. We wanted to be the tougher team mentally and physically because you know how hard coach Pearl’s teams are going to play.”

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: The Tigers came into the game eighth in the nation in offensive rebounds but had just one at halftime and finished with 11. Auburn was outrebounded 42-33, a deficiency that went a long way to explain why Auburn had so many one-shot possessions and struggled to get back on defense against Memphis’ transition.

Memphis: The Tigers overcame foul trouble in the first half with starters Williams and Alex Lomax and reserve Malcolm Dandridge each getting whistled three times. Starter Chandler Wilson was called for two fouls, but Memphis settled into a zone defense to limit the fouls and force Auburn into low-percentage shots. Dandridge fouled out early in the second half.

UP NEXT

Memphis: At No. 8 Alabama on Tuesday night.

Auburn” Hosts Georgia State on Wednesday night.

___

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game again...
Associated Press

Nets’ Kyrie Irving requests trade, according to reports

NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has asked the Brooklyn Nets for a trade, according to ESPN and The Athletic. Irving made the request after talks about a new contract did not go to his liking, the news outlets reported Friday. The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday. The Nets — coming off a […]
2 days ago
Fedor Emelianenko, left, laughs at a comment by interpreter Georgiy Litvinov during a news conferen...
Associated Press

The Emperor’s Last: MMA pioneer Fedor Emelianenko retiring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fedor Emelianenko became a near-mythical martial arts figure two decades ago at the grey dawn of the social media age, so his earliest exploits had a tantalizing touch of mystery. His vicious knockouts and submissions weren’t broadcast worldwide or posted on YouTube and Twitter for immediate viewing. They had to be […]
2 days ago
FILE - Olena Kostevych and Bogdan Nikishin, of Ukraine, carry their country's flag during the openi...
Associated Press

Olympic echoes of boycott era as Ukraine vs IOC intensifies

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A contest that could define the 2024 Paris Olympics is playing out 18 months before medals are awarded. It’s giving the International Olympic Committee a political challenge with echoes of the 1980s. Ukraine fired up its campaign on Friday to have Russia and military ally Belarus excluded from the next Summer […]
2 days ago
FILE -  Detroit Tigers baseball team owner Chris Ilitch addresses the media during a baseball news ...
Associated Press

AP source: MLB forms economic group as regional TV in peril

NEW YORK (AP) — Concerned about a possible bankruptcy for the company that owns local broadcasting rights to 14 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams, the league has formed a new economic study committee that will gather next week at the owners’ meetings in Palm Beach, Florida. The existence of the committee was disclosed […]
2 days ago
United States' Varvara Lepchenko makes a backhand return to Japan's Mayo Hibi during a tuneup tourn...
Associated Press

Tennis pro Varvara Lepchenko’s doping ban cut to 21 months

Former top-20 tennis player and U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko’s doping suspension for use of a banned stimulant was reduced from four years to 21 months as part of an agreement with the International Tennis Federation. The agreeement was reached after Lepchenko appealed her suspention to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The settlement was signed […]
2 days ago
FILE - Britain's King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort meet Wrexham Soccer team co owners...
Associated Press

Wrexham to compete in 7-on-7 tournament in North Carolina

BOSTON (AP) — Wrexham, the fifth-tier Welsh club owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, will send a team to compete in a $1 million, winner-take-all, seven–on-seven tournament in early June in Cary, North Carolina. The 32-team tournament includes Mexico’s Necaxa and teams organized by former U.S captain Clint Dempsey, U.S. women’s team midfielder […]
2 days ago
Davis, Memphis knock off unbeaten No. 11 Auburn, 82-73