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COL BKB: Memphis 88, South Florida 73

Dec. 31, 2013 at 9:55 PM

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Geron Johnson led a balanced attack with 19 points Tuesday, lifting No. 18 Memphis over South Florida 88-73 in the teams' AAC conference opener.

Johnson recorded five steals as Tigers (10-2, 1-0 AAC) notched a third straight win overall in kicking off their American Athletic Conference schedule.

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Joe Jackson added 18 points with five rebounds.

Michael Dixon contributed 18 points and five assists for Memphis, which took control with a 13-2 run midway through the first half.

The Bulls (9-5, 0-1) were led by John Egbunu with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Victor Rudd had 17 points and nine boards.

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