MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With Thursday night's game against Lipscomb the only thing separating Memphis from its upcoming Christmas break, the Tigers went into the contest with more than just basketball on their mind.

The lack of focus showed, yet Adonis Thomas scored 18 points and Joe Jackson added 15 in a 62-56 victory.

"Everybody was worried about going home and getting to see our families or getting some time off and really wasn't worried about the game," freshman Shaq Goodwin said. "That paid a toll in the score."

"That game was just a clunker, but we got the 'W,'" Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. "There was no excuse for us to have an emotional letdown. . We were just in a funk. It's just one of those deals."

Thomas connected on 6 of 14 shots in the game as Memphis (7-3) shot 35.8 percent (19 of 53) on the night. Goodwin scored 11 points and matched Thomas' seven rebounds. Geron Johnson scored 10.

Thomas was one of the few shining pieces mentioned by Pastner, who spent much of his postgame press conference reciting names of players he felt weren't up to snuff. Thomas said some of the Tigers' problems may have been lingering from their 87-78 loss to No. 5 Louisville last Saturday.

"I think we had so many turnovers versus Louisville that we came into the (Lipscomb) game tense and very passive," Thomas said. "A lot of guys weren't very aggressive because we were focused on not turning the ball over. Instead of playing our type of game, guys came in looking to pass the ball, being way more unselfish when they had the open shot or the open lane to attack."

Stephen Hurt led the Bisons (5-6) with 15 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds. Malcolm Smith finished with 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field.

Lipscomb managed to shoot 40.8 percent from the field (20 of 49) but was stymied by 24 turnovers. Memphis committed 16 turnovers but had its biggest problems at the free-throw line, converting only 21 of 39 (53.8 percent). Lipscomb was only slightly better at 54.2 percent (13 of 24), and the Bisons inability to connect down the stretch prevented them from overtaking the Tigers.

Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson agreed with Pastner's assessment of the game but said that was what they wanted for a chance to win.

"The game was ugly, just the way we wanted it," Sanderson said. "The game was a low-scoring game, just the way that we wanted it. I've just got to do a better job of coaching our guys. ... I'll take the blame for that loss. Memphis shot 35 percent from the floor for the game and the last 5 minutes of the game they shot five layups, so that's my fault for allowing that to happen."

There was not much enjoyable about the first half for either team. Memphis had a 26-23 lead at the break after a half of poor shooting, sloppy ballhandling and generally lousy play.

Lipscomb committed 16 turnovers in the half, a testament to its ballhandling woes, but Memphis managed only five points off those miscues.

Memphis was having its own problems with 11 turnovers, although its offensive issues came mostly from firing unsuccessfully over the Lipscomb defense. Then when they tried to go inside, they tended to fumble passes.

"In the first half, we were turning around and turning it right back over," Pastner said of his team's inability to capitalize on the Lipscomb turnovers.

There were several lead changes to open the second half, with Lipscomb eventually holding a 29-26 advantage when Smith scored on a drive.

The Tigers responded with 10 straight points for a 36-29 lead. But Lipscomb continually chipped away at the advantage as Hurt scored a couple of baskets inside.

When Hurt converted a three-point play, the game was tied at 41 with 7:25 remaining.

Memphis retook the lead, but failed to expand as Lipscomb stayed within 5 points while riding its inside scoring.

Johnson's layup with just over 3 minute left provided Memphis with a 54-47 lead -- enough of a buffer for the Tigers to survive. Lipscomb got within three points twice in the final 1:13. The Bisons' inability to hit free throws in the final 2:06, missing four of its final seven attempts, was the difference down the stretch.

"The game was there for the taking," Sanderson said. "We had every right to win this basketball game, but again, you have to be able to execute your stuff offensively and defensively down the stretch. You have got to be able to get the shot you want down the stretch. You've got to be able to get a loose ball down the stretch, and we didn't do that."