How should a player follow up a first time career double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds? Another career night in scoring with 20 points and nine rebounds will do just fine.
Memphis Tigers freshman forward Shaq Goodwin played all night against the Ohio Bobcats with a smile on his face. He scored Memphis’ first 10 points of the second half to push an eight-point halftime advantage to double digits.
Goodwin plays so hard and runs the floor so well that several of the 10 points were dunks–that is, until one dunk attempt bounced off his head and out of the basket.
“They should’ve counted it,” Goodwin said to the Commercial Appeal. “It happened once before (in high school) and they counted it.”
His performance came against a quality Ohio opponent that entered the game with only one loss.
The Bobcats took North Carolina Tarheels to overtime in the Sweet 16 last season and returned, literally, everyone. Most expected a battle on Wednesday night. Instead, the Tigers beat OU 84-58 in dominating fashion.
“After we watched the film, we felt like we had a size advantage inside, so we executed,” Goodwin said.
He wasn’t the only Tiger to have a career night for the team.
Junior guard Geron Johnson lead the team in scoring with a career high of 21 points. After Goodwin’s mini run of 10 points, Johnson had a run of his own by adding the next five points to stretch the Tigers’ lead.
Both players are bringing toughness and aggressiveness to the Memphis team.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.