Memphis Sails Over UCLA

Tigers take control in the second half to advance to title game
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2008 9:50 PM CDT
UCLA's Nikola Dragovic, left, and Kevin Love look down after loosing to Memphis 78-63 in the semifinals game at the college basketball Final Four Saturday, April 5, 2008, in San Antonio.    (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Thanks to Joey Dorsey’s domination of the boards and of UCLA’s Kevin Love, Memphis is headed to the NCAA championship game for the first time since 1973, reports the Commercial Appeal. Dorsey had 15 rebounds and held Love to 12 points and nine rebounds as the Tigers beat the Bruins 78-63 last night. Guards Derrick Rose scored 28 points and Chris-Douglas Roberts added 25 for the Tigers.

The Tigers (38-1) have been criticized all season for playing in a weak conference and being awful free-throw shooters. None of that mattered against the Bruins (35-4) as the Tigers jumped out to a 10-point lead midway through the second half and were never threatened thereafter. UCLA, which was making a third straight trip to the Final Four, was led by Russell Westbrook's 22 points.