Dorsey key for Tigers

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts generally put up the fancy stats and grab most of the attention.


But when Memphis needs to get down and dirty, it's Joey Dorsey who gets it done.

The Tigers' burly forward made his presence known on both ends of the court Sunday, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds, a season-high six blocks and an untold number of bumps and bruises as top-seeded Memphis outscrapped Mississippi State 77-74 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Three other Tigers finished in double figures, including 17 each from Rose and Douglas-Roberts.

It was the ninth consecutive win for Memphis (35-1), which advanced to the round of 16 for a third year in a row. The Tigers will play fifth-seeded Michigan State (27-8) in the semifinals of the South Region in Houston on Friday.

Jamont Gordon had 21 points, and Ben Hansbrough added 19 for eighth-seeded Mississippi State, which still hasn't made it out of the first weekend since the 1996 team went to the Final Four.

But the Bulldogs came close.

Gordon made a 3-pointer with about 19 seconds left to cut Memphis' lead to 75-70. Memphis' Antonio Anderson missed a pair of free throws, and Charles Rhodes slammed home a rebound for Mississippi State. Rose was quickly fouled, but he could only make one of two. Gordon then made a layup to cut it to 76-74 with 4.2 seconds left.

But Douglas-Roberts made a free throw, and Gordon's long jumper at the buzzer wasn't close.


In North Little Rock, Ark., after 75 minutes of smooth shooting and poised ball-handling, Texas nearly let its entire season slip away.

A.J. Abrams made two free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining, giving the second-seeded Longhorns just enough margin to hold off seventh-seeded Miami, 75-72, in the second round.

Texas led by as many as 17 and was ahead 66-50 with 4:15 remaining before a dramatic rally by the Hurricanes.

Texas (30-6) led 74-69 after Abrams' final free throws, but the Longhorns weren't quite safe yet.

Miami's Raymond Hicks made a 3-pointer, and D.J. Augustin then shot an air ball on his first of two free throws with 1.8 seconds to play. Augustin made his second free throw, and Miami's long pass was broken up.

Texas advances to the regional semifinals to play third-seeded Stanford in Houston on Friday.

Abrams scored 26 points on six 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. The Longhorns went 13-for-26 from 3-point range.