Will Barton/desertnews.comBy Paul Seaver (TheArenaPulse) This post is part of The Arena Pulse's Player of the Night feature.
Each morning throughout the 2011-12 season, The Arena Pulse
will select and name its "Player of the Night" from the previous evening's action.Jae Crowder
hit the big shot that kept Marquette undefeated, while Missouri's Marcus Denmon
scored 28 points to lead the Tigers over Villanova as part of Tuesday night's Jimmy V Classic.
However, on the road at Miami (FL), Memphis needed a victory and it was their sophomore star who helped make that happen.
The winner of The Arena Pulse's Player of the Night
27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks
Although their two early losses have come at the hands of Michigan and Georgetown, Memphis did not want to drop another game this early in the season.
Facing a tough road contest at Miami (FL), Memphis sophomore Will Barton
stole the show, helping boost the Tigers up and over the 'Canes due to a big second-half advantage.
Barton finished the game with career-highs in both points (27) and rebounds (14), leading the Tigers in both statistical categories on Tuesday night.
In addition to his 27 points and 14 boards, Barton also grabbed four steals, while assisting on three baskets, and blocking two shots.
Memphis used a 44-28 advantage after the halftime intermission, eventually running away with things and improving to 5-2 overall on the season. The Tigers won by a final score of 71-54.
Memphis starters accounted for 52 of the team's 71 points on Tuesday evening, while Barton was credited with 27 of those.
The Tigers (5-2) will have the remainder of the week off before returning to Fed Ex Forum on Sunday for a date with undefeated Murray State (9-0).
*Photo: Will Barton *Credit: desertnews.com
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