Tigers down Wolfpack despite Douglas-Roberts’ injury
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 points
before having to leave the game with a sprained ankle, and his teammates
took over from there as Memphis downed Nevada, 78-62, in the second round
of the NCAA tournament.
Jeremy Hunt added 16 points for second-seeded Memphis (32-3), who
extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 games. Antonio Anderson
registered 14 points and Andre Allen 10 for the Tigers, who will face
Texas A&M on Thursday in San Antonio.
Nick Fazekas finished with 20 points and seven rebounds for seventh-seeded
Nevada (29-5), which set a school record with 29 wins this season. Marcelus
Kemp donated 18 points and Denis Ikovlev 11.
Despite losing Douglas-Roberts to an injury, Memphis shut down Nevada in the
final 6:17 to secure the victory.
Douglas-Roberts went down with 8:11 to go. He was clearly in a lot of pain and
had to be carried to the bench by two teammates. He was taken to the locker
room and never returned to the bench.
Two Fazekas free-throws cut the Memphis lead to 64-62 with 6:17 left to play,
but Fazekas made a mistake on each of the next two possessions. Fazekas
traveled on the Wolfpack’s next possession and missed a short jumper on the
ensuing trip down the floor.
The Tigers closed the game on a 14-0 run.
Memphis, who came in shooting only 61 percent from the foul line, went 26-
of-34 in the win.
After Nevada scored the first two points of the game, Memphis went on a 9-2
run, capped by a Hunt triple. The Tigers never relinquished the lead
Memphis led 37-33 at the intermission.
Memphis outrebounded Nevada 40-30…The Tigers bench outscored the Wolfpack’s
31-2…Nevada shot just 5-of-21 from three-point range…Joey Dorsey, who came
in shooting 46.5 percent from the line, made 10-of-12 free throws.