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Memphis overcomes East Carolina 75-68

Memphis overcomes East Carolina 75-68

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Joe Jackson scored 26 points and Shaq Goodwin pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 75-68 victory against East Carolina in a Conference USA game Wednesday night.

Geron Johnson had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Chris Crawford scored 11 for the Hoyas (17-3, 6-0), who have won 11 consecutive games since an 87-78 loss to Louisville on Dec. 15.

Ty Armstrong had 18 points and nine rebounds, Miguel Paul scored 15, Maurice Kemp 13 and Akeem Richmond 12 for East Carolina (12-8, 3-4).

Memphis never could quite shake the Pirates, who cut the lead to 51-47 on Paul's layup with 8:08 left and trailed 57-52 on Paul's jumper at 4:24.

Memphis pushed its lead to 11 points at 67-56 at 1:40 and held on for the win.

The Tigers' biggest advantage came from the foul line, making 19 of 28 to the Pirates' 8 of 14.

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Karl-Anthony Towns gets technical foul for frustration with Mo Wagner

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Karl-Anthony Towns gets technical foul for frustration with Mo Wagner

Mo Wagner became the NBA's leader in charges drawn Friday night, and his activity during the first half helped him get under Karl-Anthony Towns' skin. 

After Wagner attempted to draw yet another charge on Towns, the Minnesota big man finished a layup on the drive and laid the ball in Wagner's lap when the foul went uncalled. 

Towns received the technical foul as the Wizards continued to play a strong first half against one of the better offenses in the league on the road. 

Towns has been on a mean streak this season. He got in an epic brawl with Joel Embiid earlier this season and got into it with Rudy Gay just a few nights ago. He's demonstrated that he's a player you can get to, and Wagner did just that early on. 

The Wizards' defense has seemingly responded to Wagner's activity, so we'll see if they can keep it up to supplement one of the league's best offensive units. 

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Mo Wagner is now the NBA's leader in charges drawn

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Mo Wagner is now the NBA's leader in charges drawn

One of the Wizards' few defensive bright spots to start this season has been Mo Wagner's knack for drawing charges. 

He's not the most gifted defender, but his activity and willingness to put his body on the line for an extra possession have made him an important player in the Wizards' rotation. 

On Friday night against the Timberwolves Wagner drew three charges in the first half, increasing his season total to 11, which now makes him the league's leader in that category. 

Before Friday's game, Scott Brooks pointed to Wagner's knack for drawing charges as a way his Wizards teammates can improve on the defensive end. 

The Wizards' offense has been so good that they could really start to make some noise if their defense improves. Perhaps it could begin with Wagner. 

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