Memphis wins 25th straight by edging Aggies
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Antonio Anderson’s two free throws with 3.1
seconds left boosted Memphis to a thrilling 65-64 win over Texas A&M, as the
Tigers extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 25 games and moved into
the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Jeremy Hunt had 19 points for the second-seeded Tigers (33-3), who will face
the winner of tonight’s second South Regional semifinal at the Alamodome,
between top seed Ohio State and No. 5 seed Tennessee.
Chris Douglas-Roberts added 15 points for Memphis, which is into the Elite
Eight for the second straight year. In 2006, the Tigers were eliminated by
UCLA in their attempt to get to the Final Four.
Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 17 for Texas A&M (27-8), which has never won three
straight games in the NCAA Tournament. Joseph Jones had 14 points and Acie Law
IV 13 for the third-seeded Aggies.
Josh Carter’s one free throw moved the Aggies ahead 64-63 with 1:50 remaining.
Texas A&M then came up with a loose ball, as Law saved it from going out of
bounds. However, after a timeout with the shot clock running down, the Aggies
couldn’t capitalize on a long pass, as Law missed a layup.
Memphis then had four cracks at the basket before Anderson was fouled and hit
two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to give Memphis the lead. Andre Allen
missed a three and Hunt failed on a jumper from the left baseline. Robert
Dozier then missed a putback under the basket, and Anderson was fouled by
Donald Sloan before making two free throws.
Dozier tipped the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds, but officials did the
Tigers a favor by taking 1.1 seconds off the clock. The Aggies then inbounded
the ball to Dominique Kirk, whose shot just inside half-court was well off the