MEMPHIS, TENN. (Dec. 29) – The Florida A&M Rattlers put up a valiant effort against the Memphis Tigers, but in the end, Penny Hardaway’s hoopsters would run away with a 96-65 victory over the Rattlers in front of 14,200 at the FedEx Forum.
The Rattlers were led by Kamron Reaves, who scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from the three-point arc. Justin Ravenal continued to climb the FAMU all-time three-points board going 3-of-8 from three-point range, en route to scoring 16 points in the game. Reaves and Ravenel would be the only FAMU players to score in double figures.
The Rattlers did not have a bad day from the field, as they shot 50 percent, going 25-of-50 from the field and 41.7 percent from the three-point line (8-of-17). FAMU also shot 87.5 percent from the free throw line for the game.
The Tigers were led by Jeremiah Martin who scored a game-high 22 points, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Tyler Harris scored 16, Raynere Thornton and Isaiah Maurice scored 12 each and Antwann Jones scored 11 points, making it five Tigers to score in double figures.
The Tigers dominated on the inside, scoring 38 points in the paint. They also capitalized off of FAMU’s errors to the tune of 27 points. The Tiger’s run-and-gun offense collected 34 fast break points, while the bench contributed 36 in the effort.
The Rattlers have wrapped up non-conference play and will begin MEAC play against the Howard Bison on Jan. 5 in Washington, D.C.