Bulldogs Fall To Memphis In OT
Feb. 17, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -Chris Douglas-Roberts slashed across the key through traffic and hit a one-handed layup with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime as No. 8 Memphis edged Gonzaga 78-77 on Saturday at the Spokane Arena for its 15th straight victory.
The Tigers (23-3) led 76-75 on Jeremy Hunt's 3, but Hunt fouled Abdullahi Kuso with 17.6 seconds left and Kuso sank both to put Gonzaga up 77-76.
Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo hit a jumper with a minute remaining in regulation to tie it at 69-69 after the Bulldogs trailed most of the way.
Joey Dorsey led the Tigers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Robert Dozier had 14 and Hunt and Antonio Anderson each had 12 for Memphis.
The Bulldogs lost their second straight game without second leading scorer and top rebounder Josh Heytvelt, who was indefinitely suspended after his arrest on drug possession charges with redshirt freshman Theo Davis on Feb. 9.
Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 sophomore center, had averaged 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Memphis forced 18 turnovers with its pressing defense, resulting in 15 points off turnovers, and Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points.
Anderson scored eight of the Tigers' first 10 points after the half, as Memphis took a 49-40 lead. The Bulldogs relied on 3s to claw back down the stretch to trail 69-67 with 1:46 remaining.
Gonzaga stayed with the Tigers for most of the first half, trailing by 30-29 after Pargo scored with 3:02 remaining. Douglas-Roberts responded with a jumper to go up 32-29 as the Tigers went on a 9-2 scoring run.
Conference USA-leading Memphis hit 43 percent from the field, while Gonzaga connected on 48 percent. But the Tigers hit 17-of-27 free throws, while the Bulldogs, with four players in foul trouble, made 7-of-10.
Gonzaga, which has lost 10 games for the first time since the 1997-98 season, has lost two in a row. It fell out of first place in the West Coast Conference with a home loss Monday to Santa Clara to fall to 8-3 in conference.
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