When the Memphis Tigers welcomed the Gonzaga Bulldogs to town on Saturday night, they knew they would be at a slight size disadvantage. Nobody on the Memphis roster is over 6-foot-10 giving 7-foot-1 Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski a distinct advantage in the post. Or at least that’s what he thought before 6-foot-1 (allegedly) Joe Jackson got involved.
Midway through the second half with Gonzaga leading by 11, Karnowski got a nice entry pass in the post and had nothing between him and the rim for a strong finish. But coming off on help defense, Jackson got way up on the 7-footer and rejected his dunk attempt. Karnowski could only finish weakly against the rim and the Tigers got the rebound to get into their break. Check out these ups on Jackson:
That hustle play helped to spark the Tigers on their second-half rally and was indicative of the fire and passion that Memphis played with to come back and win the game 60-54. For Jackson, it’s getting him all kinds of attention today as he showed he can play much bigger than his listed height of 6-foot-1 (though many who have met him swear he can’t be taller than 5-foot-11). It earned him a well-deserved spot on Sportscenter Top 10 plays on Saturday night and will be played on loop when he decides to take his game to the NBA.
So often, the college game is decided by who wants it more and who has the ability to make plays. In the case of Joe Jackson vs Przemek Karnowski, there’s no doubt who came out the winner.