Despite Sass, Houston Can't Tip Memphis
Tennessee cruises past Arkansas, So. Illinois shocks Drake
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 5:13 AM CST
Arkansas' Sonny Weems (13) drives against Tennessee's Brian Williams (33) during the first half of a basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The first-ranked Memphis Tigers may have given Houston some hope with a 37-35 first-half lead, but they weren't about to give the game away. Holding the tough-talking Cougars to 29% shooting after the break and pulling in 13 more rebounds, Memphis kept its record perfect with a 68-59 victory. In other college hoops action:

  • The No. 4 Volunteers missed their first 11 free-throw attempts but turned JaJuan Smith's 32 points into a 93-71 victory over a Razorbacks team that was suddenly almost as cold as the weather.
  • The No. 15 Bulldogs missed two final chances to stave off a loss to the Salukis, who snagged the 65-62 upset.