The 24th-ranked USC Trojans came within a free throw of tipping Memphis from the No. 2 rank, then fell behind 8-4 in overtime to come up just short, 62-58. USC's second four-point loss to a powerful team left some Trojans in tears, but came as a relief to a Tigers team that started the game looking terrible, reports the Commercial Appeal.
The Trojans shot just 29% in the game, but "went to overtime with the No. 2 team in the country, which means that we were doing a lot of things well," pointed out coach Tim Floyd. Memphis didn't put up a much better shooting percentage (37%), but cobbled together an effective defense in time to slow down the upset-hungry Trojans in the end.