Memphis 99, Tennessee 97
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 (2 OT)
|South Carolina 61, Mississippi Valley State 57
|Georgia 61, Notre Dame 57
|Arkansas 67, Utah Valley 59
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Will Barton had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Antonio Barton hit a big jumper in the second overtime, and No. 8 Memphis held off Tennessee 99-97 in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
A day after bogging down against No. 15 Michigan, Memphis (2-1) had its uptempo game going in full gear while building a 16-point lead in the first half. The Tigers let Tennessee claw its way back and had to survive last-second shots in both overtimes to pull out the victory.
Antonio Barton had 21 points and Adonis Thomas added 19 points for Memphis.
Jeronne Maymon almost single-handedly led the Vols (2-2) to victory, with 32 points, 20 rebounds and a tying shot in the closing seconds of regulation. Maymon also hit 16 of 17 free throws, but his turnaround jumper at the second overtime buzzer fell short.
Tennessee dug its way out of the deep first-half hole, tying it on Maymon's hard drive with 5 seconds left in regulation.
Neither team could hit last-second shots in the first overtime and Memphis went up 99-97 in the second on Antonio Barton's jumper with 75 seconds left. After the teams traded misses, Tennessee's Trae Golden had the ball stripped on a drive with 3 seconds left and Memphis stole the inbound pass, but lost the ball on a traveling call.
The Vols got the ball in to Maymon for a good look, but Memphis challenged and the ball fell harmlessly to the court.
Memphis didn't have much luck getting Michigan to play at its frenetic pace and struggled against the Wolverines' mix of defenses in a 73-61 loss in Monday's opener.
The Tigers couldn't keep Michigan guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke out of the lane and were disjointed at times on offense. Memphis had just six assists on 19 field goals and shot 33 percent, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range.
Coach Josh Pastner's biggest concern was that the Tigers attack, playing instead from side to side against Michigan's zone.
Barton had no trouble attacking against Tennessee, scoring 11 points in the first nine minutes. The rest of his teammates weren't bad, either, hitting 3s and throwing down dunks during a 16-0 run that put the Tigers up 40-24.
Memphis started missing a few shots at the end of regulation to allow Tennessee to battle back and tie it on Maymon's drive. Will Barton missed on a floater at the end of regulation and a half-court heave at the first overtime buzzer was well off the mark, but the Tigers eked it out in the second OT.
Tennessee managed to keep up with Duke in its opener before fading in a 77-67 loss in its first big test under new coach Cuonzo Martin.
The Vols answered a couple of early runs by the Blue Devils despite missing numerous shots at the rim and were still within reach well into the second half. Tennessee just couldn't stop Duke's penetration, particularly freshman guard Austin Rivers, or knock down an outside shot, failing to hit a 3-pointer (0-for-8) for the first time in since 1997, a streak of 461 games.
The Vols shot better against Memphis, going 4 for 8 from long range in the first half, but missed five straight shots and had two turnovers during the Tigers' big run. Tennessee also struggled defensively at times, giving up good looks inside and out because of Memphis' ability to get into the lane against its defense.
The Vols chipped away at the lead in the second half and had a couple of chances to win it in both overtimes, but couldn't come through.
South Carolina beats MVSU 61-57
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Malik Cooke scored 18 points and spearheaded a late rally as South Carolina escaped the upset bid of Mississippi Valley State with a 61-57 victory on Tuesday night.
The Gamecocks trailed by 11 points with just over six minutes remaining but closed the game on a 22-7 run to avoid losing their third straight to a smaller conference foe. Eric Smith gave South Carolina (2-2) the lead for good on a jumper with just less than two minutes remaining to help South Carolina snap a two-game losing streak. Cooke scored 12 of his 18 points during that span, including South Carolina's final seven points.
Freshman Damien Leonard added 16 points for the Gamecocks in the preliminary round game of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Terrence Joyner led the Delta Devils (0-4) with 22 points.
Caldwell-Pope leads Georgia past Notre Dame 61-57
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 16 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game, helping Georgia to a 61-57 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night in the third-place game of the CBE Classic.
Fellow freshman Nemanja Djurisic added 10 points for the Bulldogs (4-1), who rebounded nicely from a rout at the hands of No. 20 California to escape Kansas City with some positive vibes.
The young Bulldogs built a seven-point lead early in the second half, but the Irish (4-2) tied it at 53 with 5:11 to play on two free throws by Jerian Grant.
Caldwell-Pope broke the tie with his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 3:37 left, and added a free throw moments later to give the Bulldogs a four-point cushion. Georgia prevented Notre Dame from making another field goal until Grant's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Arkansas struggles past Utah Valley 67-59
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Freshman guard BJ Young recorded a double-double with career highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds as Arkansas survived a scare, beating Utah Valley 67-59 Tuesday night.
The Razorbacks (3-1) finished the game on a 13-1 run after trailing 58-54 with 3:48 remaining.
The Wolverines (3-2) did not make a field goal for the final 4 minutes 58 seconds.
Arkansas took the lead for good at 60-58 on Mardracus Wade's 3-pointer with 2:49 left. The sophomore hit three 3-pointers after halftime and totaled 11 points.
The Razorbacks struggled less than 12 hours after announcing they would be without leading scorer Marshawn Powell for the rest of the season. The junior forward tore a ligament in his knee during practice last week.
Arkansas hit only 20 of 60 shots but made 20 of 24 free throws.