D.J. Jeffries and Tyler Harris each scored 11 points Saturday to help No. 13 Memphis defeat intrastate rival Tennessee 51-47, snapping the 19th-ranked Volunteers' 31-game home winning streak.
Damion Baugh added 10 points for the Tigers (9-1), who outrebounded UT 49-39.
Josiah-Jordan James scored 14 points to lead the Volunteers (7-2), which had held Division I's longest active home winning streak.
Baugh's 3-pointer gave Memphis a 49-47 edge with 1:43 remaining. After each team had a possession ending with a missed shot, James fired an errant 3-pointer that Pons rebounded and was fouled. But Pons missed a free throw with 21 seconds to go.
Alex Lomax (eight points) sank two free throws with 7.9 seconds left to virtually seal the victory. Precious Achiuwa had eight points and 13 rebounds.
Both teams struggled shooting. The Volunteers shot 25 percent (15 of 60) overall, 15 percent (4 of 26) from 3-point territory and 72 percent (13-18) from the foul line. The Tigers were 34 percent (19 of 56) overall, 38 percent (5 of 13) from long distance and 62 percent (8 of 13) from the free-throw line.
The Tigers' victory denied Tennessee coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 700.
The largest lead during the first 10 minutes of the second half was four points, twice by Memphis. The teams then battled back forth the rest of the way, with seven lead changes in the final 8:04.
Memphis led 25-24 at halftime after trailing by as many as 12 points and going without a field goal for a 10-plus-minute span.
Both teams shot poorly during the first 20 minutes. The Volunteers shot 20 percent both overall (6 of 30) and from 3-point range (3 of 15). The Tigers hit 31 percent (9 of 29) overall and 29 percent (2 of 7) from long distance.
Memphis went 10:14 without a field goal to fall behind 17-5 until before D.J. Jeffries' layup at 7:58.
From there, the Tigers closed the half by scoring 18 of the next 25 points as UT starters James (3:45 mark), Jordan Bowden (5:18) and Yves Pons (14:53) all went to the bench with two fouls apiece.
--Field Level Media