MEMPHIS — Emoni Bates scored 17 points in his collegiate debut, Jalen Duren and Lester Quinones added 15 apiece and No. 12 Memphis beat Tennessee Tech 89-65 in the season opener for both teams.
The Tigers got 12 points from DeAndre Williams, who was 6 of 7 from the floor.
Memphis (1-0) shot 55.6% for the game.
The Tigers started a season with a load of promise bolstered by the number one recruiting class in the country, centered on Bates and Duren. Memphis also returned a core of veterans to complement the freshmen.
Mamoudou Diarra led Tennessee Tech (0-1) with 11 points.