Hardaway, after losing two games at Advocare: “I’m growing as a coach”



Orlando-area native Grant Riller scored 32 points and added a career-high nine assists, Jarrell Brantley had 19 points, and Charleston won the fifth-place game.

Former Orlando Magic star and first-year Memphis coach Penny Hardway saw his team drop two of three at the invitational.

“I’m growing as a coach,” Hardaway said. “I want to compete. I don’t want to be a laughingstock and then talk about moral victories. We’re trying to build a culture, and the guys here, we’re all going to have to step up and push toward that culture.”

Riller had 33 points, the second-highest total ever at the invitational, in Friday’s 74-51 win over UAB.

Tyler Harris had 25 points for Memphis (3-3).

Brantley made two free throws as Charleston (5-2) went ahead 76-75 with 31.3 seconds remaining.

Riller helped secure the win with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play. Jeremiah Martin’s lay up put Memphis up 75-74 with 1:02 left. He finished with 11 points to became the 52nd player in school history to reach 1,000 points.

Harris had 16 points as Memphis took a 42-40 lead at the half.

Riller and Brevin Galloway scored 15 apiece during the opening 20 minutes.