Memphis held off Saint Mary’s, 54-52, in a game that was a little more dramatic than it needed to be for the Tigers. Saint Mary’s cut the lead to two at 54-52 with 3.1 seconds left after Eividas Petrulis banked in a desperation three.
Memphis then fumbled the inbound pass out of bounds, giving the Gaels a chance to tie or win. Saint Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova missed a three from the right wing as time expired, giving the Tigers the suddenly dramatic win.
Top Performers: Memphis point guard Joe Jackson played an excellent all-around game. He had 14 points, six boards and seven assists to lead the Tigers. D.J. Stephens led a strong defensive effort for the Tigers with eight of his team’s 12 blocks. Overall, Memphis held Saint Mary’s to 32.8 percent shooting.
X-Factor: Memphis did an excellent job containing Dellavedova. The Tigers held Dellavedova to 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting while also forcing him into six turnovers.
Next Round: Memphis now moves on to face No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday. Facing the Spartans is always a tough task, but it will especially be tough playing them in Auburn Hills, Mich.