Derrick Rose made three free throws in overtime and No. 2 Memphis beat No. 24 Southern California, 62-58, last night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Tigers (7-0) managed to win despite playing a game more toward the pace Southern California wanted. Neither side wanted the poor shooting or turnovers that plagued both teams throughout.
Robert Dozier had 13 points for Memphis, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 10, and Rose added nine points and 10 rebounds.
O.J. Mayo had 16 points and fellow freshman Davon Jefferson added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Trojans (6-3).
The game was billed as a matchup of star freshmen, Rose for Memphis and Mayo for Southern Cal, but both struggled. Rose was 3-for-9 from the field and had five turnovers. Mayo was 6-for-20 from the field - including missing seven straight shots over the last 14 minutes of regulation and the first 4:45 of overtime.
Rose gave Memphis the lead for good with two free throws 39 seconds into overtime and Douglas-Roberts made it 58-54 with a putback.
Memphis shot 37.3 percent for the game (25-for-67) and committed 22 turnovers.
The Trojans were 19-for-66 from the field (28.8 percent), including 1-for-9 on threes, and turned the ball over 21 times.
In the other Jimmy V game:
* Luke Harangody had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and Kyle McAlarney added 18 points to lead Notre Dame (6-2) to its fourth straight win, 68-59, over Kansas State.
In other games:
* At Chattanooga, Chris Lofton had 16 points, JaJuan Smith added 13 and No. 10 Tennessee survived a scare, 76-70.
Playing their first true road test of the season, the Volunteers (8-1) shot a season-low 36 percent from the field. Tennessee's only other games outside Knoxville were at neutral sites against Texas and West Virginia.
Stephen McDowell had a team-high 14 points for Chattanooga, which fell to 5-30 against its in-state adversary.
* At Bradley, Drew Neitzel scored 13 points and hit a clutch three-pointer to spark a 7-0 run in the second half as No. 9 Michigan State (7-1) prevailed, 66-61.
* At Boston College, Corey Raji scored 13 points and Tyrelle Blair 11 to lead the Eagles (6-1) to a 61-39 victory over Saint Louis in the schools' first-ever meeting.
* At Rhode Island, Will Daniels had 18 points and Jimmy Baron added 17 to lead the Rams (9-1) over Providence, 77-60.
* At Newark, N.J., John Garcia posted a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds as Seton Hall (7-1) defeated St. Peter's, 85-75.
In a women's game:
* At Oklahoma State, Andrea Riley scored 22 points and the No. 25 Cowgirls (8-0) beat Wichita State, 85-39, in their return to the rankings for the first time in 11 years.
* Duke junior swingman Martynas Pocius will have season-ending surgery on his left ankle next month, after the swelling subsides. He originally injured the ankle while playing in Lithuania over the summer and reinjured it in the Blue Devils' win against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25.
* The Western Athletic Conference will send one team to the Great Alaska Shootout each year under an agreement with the University of Alaska Anchorage. The WAC is composed of Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. *