No. 8 Memphis edges Gonzaga in OT
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Joey Dorsey posted 15 points, a game-high 12
rebounds and five blocks, as eighth-ranked Memphis outlasted Gonzaga in
overtime, 78-77, at Spokane Arena.
Robert Dozier added 14 points and five boards, while Chris Douglas-Roberts
contributed 13 points for the Tigers (23-3), winners of 15 straight games.
Joey Hunt and Antonio Anderson each contributed 12 points, while Hunt scored
six of his in overtime.
Derek Raivio notched a game-high 21 points for the Bulldogs (18-10), losers of
two straight and three of four. Jeremy Pargo added 17 points and nine boards,
David Pendergraft contributed 11 and four boards, and Abdullahi Kuso grabbed
eight boards in the loss.
Hunt’s second three pointer of overtime put Memphis up 76-75 with 1:01 left in
the extra session, but Dorsey followed by missing both from the line inside a
minute to go on the Tigers’ ensuing trip down the court.
Kuso sent the Bulldogs up 77-76 with 14 seconds remaining after making both
from the line, then Douglas-Roberts made an impossible shot in the lane while
being fouled. Douglas-Roberts missed the ensuing free throw and Memphis was on
top 78-77 with 5.6 left.
On the final possession, Pargo let go an open three, but hit the heel of the
rim as time expired as Gonzaga lost back-to-back games in Spokane for the
first time in 12 years.
The loss also snapped a six-game winning streak for Gonzaga at Spokane Arena,
who are 11-4 all time using the downtown arena for their home court.
Down by 11 points, Gonzaga made a 15-7 run to get within three at 60-57 on
Raivio’s pair from the line with 8:14 to play. After a Memphis free throw,
Pendergraft’s three brought the Zags within 61-60, but the Tigers regained
their composure and got some breathing room, taking a 67-62 lead on Dorsey’s
two at the line.
However, Gonzaga reeled off five of the next seven points to get within 69-67
with 1:43 remaining. Off a Memphis miss on the next possession, Pargo’s
turnaround jumper in the lane tied the game with 57 seconds in regulation.
Memphis missed a layup their next time down the court, and Gonzaga gained
possession with 23.8 on the clock, but could not get off a final shot. Instead
the ball fell into Dorsey’s hands and he called timeout with six-tenths of a
second. Douglas-Roberts’ desperation heave off a screen from 30 feet hit the
front of the rim and the game slipped into overtime.
Gonzaga’s only lead of the first half came at 8-7 on Matt Bouldin’s make with
3:39 played. Memphis went on a 7-2 run to lead 14-10 and did not let the
Zags get close, eventually enjoying a 39-31 advantage at the break after
Allen’s three-ball with 12 seconds left.
Memphis picked up where they left off in the second half with a devastating
outside game. Anderson’s three 3:27 in gave the Tigers a 49-38 margin, and
Doneal Mack sank another one for a 53-42 lead with just over five minutes
Memphis has won two of the three meetings…Raivio has made 46 straight free
throws, a West Coast Conference and Gonzaga school record…Rebounds were even
with each side grabbing 37…Memphis finished 8-of-19 from beyond the arc and
Gonzaga hit 6-of-12.