STORRS, Conn. (AP) Mike Parks Jr. and freshman Jamal Johnson each scored 18 points and Memphis extended its winning streak to four with an 83-79 win over UConn on Sunday.
Raynere Thornton added 16 points for the Tigers (18-11, 9-7 American), who played their first full game without injured Jeremiah Martin, the conference's leading scorer.
Memphis led by 10 at halftime and stretched it to 61-38 after a layup by Mike Nickelberry midway through the second half.
In the second half UConn turned up the pressure, and began chipping away. A 3-point shot by Adams, who had 21 points in the second half, cut the lead to single digits at 73-64 with just over three minutes left.
A layup by Adams made it 81-77 with seven seconds to go, but Kareem Brewton Jr. hit a pair of foul shots at the other end to seal the win.
UConn: The Huskies have just two regular-season games and the conference tournament to avoid a second straight losing season, after going 30 years without one.
UConn: The Huskies host Temple on Wednesday, then close the regular season at Houston next Sunday.
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