No. 2 Memphis Edges No. 24 USC, 62-58
Dec. 5, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - Derrick Rose made three free throws in overtime and No. 2 Memphis beat No. 24 USC 62-58 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Tigers (7-0) managed to win despite playing a game more toward the pace USC wanted. Neither side wanted the poor shooting or turnovers that plagued both teams throughout.
Robert Dozier had 13 points for Memphis, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 10 and Rose added nine points and 10 rebounds.
The game was billed as a matchup of star freshmen, Rose for Memphis and Mayo for USC, but both struggled. Rose was 3-for-9 from the field and had five turnovers.
Mayo was 6-for-20 from the field - including missing seven straight shots over the last 14 minutes of regulation and the first 4:45 of overtime.
Rose gave Memphis the lead for good with two free throws 39 seconds into overtime and Douglas-Roberts made it 58-54 with a putback.
Mayo's driving basket with 15 seconds left was USC's first field goal in 12:38 and made it 61-58.
Rose made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left for the final margin.
Douglas-Roberts made two free throws with 33 seconds left in regulation - the Tigers were 1-for-8 from the line before that - to give Memphis a 54-51 lead.
Jefferson made two free throws for the Trojans 16 seconds later.
Douglas-Roberts missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 8.1 seconds to go and he fouled Daniel Hackett going for the rebound.
Hackett, a 79 percent free throw shooter who was 2-for-2 from the line for the game, made the first and missed the second with 5.9 seconds left, leaving it tied at 54.
Dozier's 3-point attempt from the left corner was off the rim at the buzzer.
Memphis shot 37.3 percent for the game (25-for-67) and committed 22 turnovers.
The Trojans were 19-for-66 from the field (28.8 percent), including 1-for-9 on 3s, and turned the ball over 21 times.
Memphis finished 7-for-18 from the free-throw line, and the Trojans were 19-for-23.