Western Kentucky's Bassey and Williams overpower Memphis

Final Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic: WKU 75 Memphis 69

November 26, 2020

Western Kentucky beat Memphis 75 to 69 inside the Sanford Pentagon on ESPN TV on Thanksgiving. Memphis, favored by 4.5 points by odds makers going into the game, couldn't contain likely future NBA player and current Western Kentucky Junior Charles Bassey inside. Bassey finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 blocks in the contest. WKU's Carson Williams, a 6'5" senior, backed down players like Memphis' Landers Nolley II on the block scoring 14 points while adding 9 rebounds.

Rick Stansbury used Bassey and Williams to overmatch Memphis on offense in the half court, while Memphis tried unsuccessfully to get DJ Jeffries into the offensive flow for the Tigers. Jeffries turned in another poor performance shooting 3-of-9. Like his first game against Saint Mary's this season, Jeffries made rebounding a point of emphasis with 10 total rebounds in the game. Jeffries would finish with 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists in 33 minutes for Memphis. Jeffries' scoring counterpart Landers Nolley turned in 25 points (6/10 FG) with 18 of those coming from beyond the 3-point arc (6/10 3PFG). Boogie Ellis, once again coming off the bench, was second in scoring for Memphis with 14 points (5/13 FG).

Memphis will play in the 3rd place game in South Dakota on Friday against VCU in the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic.

Here's more on the 2020 Crossover Classic from the tournament website.