TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Down by one with time ticking off the clock,
Memphis coach John Calipari borrowed a play he first saw in 1982.
The Maryland, so named because it was used by Terrapins coach
Lefty Driesell, called for all the Memphis players to go the left
side of the court except Antonio Anderson. Anderson caught the
inbounds pass near midcourt, drove to the basket and scored,
lifting the Tigers over Tulsa 55-54 at the buzzer.
"When I saw Antonio had a lane to the rim, I just closed my
eyes and hoped," Calipari said. "We practice that play a lot and
the kids know there is plenty of time to get to the rim."
The last-second victory helped preserve the Tigers 45-game
winning streak in Conference USA games and disappointed Tulsa coach
"Give our kids credit for fighting back," Wojcik said. "Give
Memphis credit for having the will to win. They are still the
Calipari set up the play after Tulsas Ben Uzoh hit two free
throws to give the Golden Hurricane their first lead of the game
with 4.5 seconds to play. Anderson was able to loft in the
double-clutch layup over 7-foot Tulsa center Jerome Jordan.
Tyreke Evans scored 23 points for the Tigers (13-3 and 3-0
CUSA), who shot 38.5 percent from the field, their lowest output of
Jordan paced Tulsa (11-6, 1-1 CUSA) with 20 points, 13 rebounds
and four blocks.
"Every game that we play (against) Tulsa, Doug comes up with
different things on how he is going to play," Calipari said. "In
the second half they figured out what we were doing against Jordan
and I couldn't get my guys to trap him and Jordan just had his way.
He's a great player. We were on him and he still scored."
Uzoh added 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the
Golden Hurricane, who outrebounded Memphis 43-25 but were hurt by
22 turnovers to just 11 for the Tigers.
Memphis preyed on Tulsas shaky ballhandling throughout but
could never put away the game. The Tigers led 23-14 in the first
half and 48-41 with 6:47 to play.
A steal and slam by Uzoh cut Tulsa's deficit to 49-46 and the
Golden Hurricane tied the game at 52 on a rebound basket by Bishop
Wheatley with 1:21 left.
Evans made one of two free throws with 44 seconds remaining
after an intentional foul by Ray Reese. But he missed two layups on
Memphis ensuing possession and Uzoh was fouled by Robert Dozier.The Tigers come back home to face U.A.B. Saturday night at FedExForum.