Memphis' Kedren Johnson, right, advances the ball while defended by Cincinnati's Farad Cobb during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)
The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber
January 15, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Austin Nichols scored 17 points and blocked three shots, Avery Woodson added 14 points, and Memphis beat Cincinnati 63-50 on Thursday for its eighth win in 11 games.

Kendren Johnson had five assists and scored 13 points, including eight in the second half, and the Tigers (10-6, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) were outrebounded 31-28, but outshot the Bearcats 46.9 percent to 39.1 percent.

After four lead changes, Johnson broke a 22-all tie with a pair of free throws to spark an 11-2 Memphis run and the Tigers led 32-24 at halftime.

The Bearcats gained ground in the second half on a 13-8 run in which Kevin Johnson scored five points, but Memphis used an 11-2 run to lead 53-41. Johnson scored eight points in the final 4:11 as Memphis continued to pull away.

Troy Caupin led Cincinnati (11-5, 2-2) with 14 and Deshaun Morman scored 11 off the bench.

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