No Warts Here: Memphis Dominates Michigan State
As Tigers break the Elite Eight for the third straight year on the back of a giant first half
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 2:29 AM CDT
Memphis forward Joey Dorsey (3) dunks against Michigan State in the first half of the NCAA South Regional semifinal basketball game, Friday, March 28, 2008, in Houston.    ((AP Photo/Pat Sullivan))
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(Newser) – The Tigers pounced early and often, and all those flaws critics have been pointing out since the NCAA tourney began were nowhere to be seen, the Commercial Appeal reports. Memphis put on a clinic last night, breaking the game open 50-20 by the end of the first half, en route to a 92-74 demolishing of Michigan State. With the win, The Tigers earned their third straight appearance in the Elite Eight.

The fifth-seeded Spartans managed a mere 39.1 percent from the field, and were held scoreless for the final six minutes of the first half.  Top scorers Drew Neitzel and Raymar Morgan managed just three and seven points respectively, while the first-seeded Tigers' freshman phenom Derrick rose posted a career-best 27 points, bolstered by junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts' 25.