No. 2 Memphis Tops 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.
O.J. Mayo had 16 points and fellow freshman Davon Jefferson added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Trojans (6-3), who lost to No. 3 Kansas 59-55 over the weekend.
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.