The Memphis Tigers had control of the ball and pulled away in the second half against the Stanford Cardinal in the ESPN Event Invitational in Orlando on Sun Nov 27, 2022 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)
Stanford Falls to Memphis 56-48
By Barbara Mason
Sunday morning the Stanford Cardinal (3-4) took on the Memphis Tigers (4-2) in a closely matched contest. This wrapped up the tournament for both teams playing for sixth place in this year’s ESPN Events invitational. Stanford came into this game after beating the Florida State Seminoles 70-60. The Tigers rolled Nebraska 73-61 Friday night. Stanford lost a tough one to Memphis Sunday 56-48 to conclude their tour in the invitational.
The Tigers opened the first half with a slim lead in the opening minutes 4-0 but the Cardinal wasted not time in catching up and taking the lead mid-way through the first 20 minutes 14-9. The Tigers fought back tying the game at 14 and the teams traded leads for most of the opening half. The final two minutes of the half saw the Tigers extend their lead, at one time leading 14-21. The Cardinal cut that lead but still trailed at the half 25-20.
At 15:42 in the second half, the Tigers took a double digit lead 21-31. The Cardinal continue to fight back but both Harrison Ingram and Brandon Angel were struggling in this game with three and two point efforts midway through the second. Angel had 22 points in the Florida State game and Ingram had 24 against Ole Miss. It was a let-down that Stanford could not afford.
Stanford showed the will to win in the final minutes but every time they got to within striking distance, Memphis answered and refused to let Stanford back into the game. The Cardinal had pulled to within four points at 2:12 46-50. Stanford just didn’t have enough to pull this game out. The final was 56-48.
Harrison finished the game with ten points but it was just too little too late. Spencer Jones also had ten points in the loss to Memphis.
Stanford will be back home taking on UCLA Thursday December 1. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.