(1090 The Fan) — Memphis got a dynamite defensive play to spark the team to a 60-54 come-from-behind win over No. 23 Gonzaga, Saturday night.

The Tigers trailed 42-31 at 13:46 when senior guard Joe Jackson met 7-foot-1 Gonzaga (21-4) center Przemek Karnowski at the rim. The subsequent block led to a 29-12 Memphis run to close the game.

Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. each scored 11 points to lead the Tigers. Jackson finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and one mighty big block to help Memphis (18-5) to a vital nonconference home win.

Sam Dower Jr. scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Karnowski had 12 points for the Zags who dominated No. 24 Memphis inside.

After taking a 25-22 lead into the break, Gonzaga came out as the hungrier, more efficient team in the second half. The Zags would extend their lead to 42-30 over the first six minutes and it looked as if the team would cruise to their eighth consecutive win.

But Jackson, who turned 22, Saturday, wasn’t willing to yield.

The loss also spoiled a homecoming of sorts for Gonzaga senior Drew Barham who transferred after graduating Memphis last spring. Barham went scoreless in limited action.

-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan

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