2:45 PM ET, March 21, 2013
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Down by five with only a few seconds remaining, Matthew Dellavedova and Saint Mary's nearly pulled off an NCAA tournament stunner.Instead, the senior star's last-second shot sailed long, and sixth-seeded Memphis moved on to the next round.Dellavedova's 3-pointer from the right wing missed everything as time expired, allowing Memphis to hold on for a 54-52 win over 11th-seeded Saint Mary's on Thursday. The Tigers led by 15 in the first half but nearly gave the game away in the final seconds.
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AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 21: Matthew Dellavedova #4 of the St. Mary's Gaels attempts a shot in the first half...(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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MVP: Memphis point guard Joe Jackson was the fastest player on the floor, able to cut through most of Saint Mary's defense with relative ease. No Gael had close to the foot speed to check him correctly. The 6-foot-1 junior finished with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds, but his ability to control the game for Memphis was critical for the Tigers against the Gaels and star guard Matthew Dellavedova. Jackson, though, almost gave the game away with a turnover late but Dellavedova missed a 3-pointer to win.
X factor: Memphis forward D.J. Stephens. He made it near impossible for Saint Mary's to score inside the paint, recording eight blocks. He also had two major dunks -- an alley-oop in the first half from Joe Jackson and a one-handed dunk in the second half over Dellavedova which helped kill a Gaels run.
That was a major game for Josh Pastner The fourth-year Memphis head coach took over for John Calipari and kept things moving well with the Tigers in the regular season. In the NCAA tournament, though, he had been winless. Until today.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-58 (.328)||20-49 (.408)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-15 (.200)||5-15 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-14 (.786)||9-18 (.500)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||@MEM 54, SMC 52||Recap|
Thursday was the fifth time in 57 all-time NCAA Tournament games that Memphis held its opponent to 52 or fewer points ... and two of the previous instances happened before the shot clock was introduced.[+]
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The Memphis Tigers won in Josh Pastner's third trip to the Men's Basketball Championship, helping Pastner avoid becoming the first Memphis coach to lose his first three NCAA Tournament games.
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