Men's Basketball Falls To No. 12 Memphis 91-66
Nov 14, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Dajuan Wagner still thinks he's struggling with his shot. Not that it's showing.
Wagner's 32 points and six rebounds led No. 12 Memphis to a 91-66 victory over Old Dominion in the second round of the Guardians Classic on Wednesday night.
"My first two college games, and I've been anxious," Wagner said after making 10-of-21 shots. "Every time I relaxed, it seems like I hit them. Once I stay relaxed, I'll be straight."
Scooter McFadgon added 17 points and Chris Massie finished with 11 to help the Tigers (2-0) move on to the tournament's semifinals in Kansas City, Mo. next week.
"We competed hard," Monarch coach Blaine Taylor said. "I think we can compete smarter. I think we can compete better, but we ran into a really talented team."
Wagner said the shooting problems are not due to tougher defenders compared to high school or not being able to get shots, it's strictly a matter of relaxing.
"I've had times when I've struggled, but not like this," said the freshman guard, who scored 100 points in a high school game. "I'm rushing it."
Memphis coach John Calipari doesn't seem worried that his star guard is worried about his shooting.
"I want Dajuan to keep shooting, but I don't want him to dominate the ball the whole game, which he didn't do," Calipari said.
It became apparent early that Wagner was in a scoring mood. He was 4-of-11 in the first half and missed all three from long range, but his 13 points helped the Tigers to a 41-26 lead.
He opened the second half, scoring Memphis' first eight points as the Tigers built the lead to 50-34 with 16 minutes remaining.
John Waller connected from long range and Thomas hit consecutive 3-pointers over a two-minute stretch after Memphis pushed its lead to 24 points, but Old Dominion could get no closer than 17 the rest of the way.
"As time progressed, (Memphis) seemed to always have a timely play," Taylor said. "A loose ball, a rebound or a transition basket.
"We were right on the verge, but I'm not sure we really threatened them completely. I think they always had a little bit of a buffer zone."