MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Adonis Thomas scored 16 points and Antonio Barton added 14 points and No. 17 Memphis escaped with a 65-54 victory over Samford on Saturday night in an opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.
Joe Jackson added 13 points, four assists and three steals for Memphis (2-0), which converted all eight of its free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Tim Williams led the Bulldogs (1-3) with 21 points and six rebounds, connecting on 7 of 11 shots. Raijon Kelly added 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting and five assists.
Samford was within 54-51 with 4:21 left, but Memphis' free throw shooting in the final minute made the difference.