Memphis' experience paid off in the 17th-ranked Tigers' final game before opening conference play next week.
Michael Dixon scored 14 points, Shaq Goodwin had 13 points and seven rebounds as Memphis beat Jackson State 75-61 on Saturday.
The Tigers never trailed and showed the experience of senior guards Dixon, Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford and Geron Johnson in forcing turnovers and providing a defense that forced Jackson State into a poor shooting day, particularly in the first half.
''The key was to apply pressure to them,'' Goodwin said. ''We knew that everybody on their team had a high turnover-to-assist ratio. .We figured out if we apply pressure, they'll turn it over.''
David Pellom had 12 points with all five of his field goals coming off dunks from fast-breaks and rebounds, and Jackson scored 11 for Memphis (9-2).
Julysses Nobles led Jackson State (4-8) with 20 points, despite going 6 of 16 from the field. Brandon West scored 14, ...