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March 19, 2009

Memphis survives

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 3:20 pm

So the Matadors’ cape finally … oh, never mind. Cal Northridge ran out of gas, as Memphis found some defensive intensity midway through the second half and rode record-breaking day from Roburt Sallie to an 81-70 win. It was terrific opening game here in KC — much more than one could have hoped for.

Sallie’s 10 three-pointers were a record for a first-round NCAA game. His 35 points were 22 more than his previous season high and also broke Larry Kenon’s Memphis record for points in an NCAA tourney game. As John Calipari pointed out after the game, the Tigers were 1-13 from beyond the arc if you take away Sallies’ flurry.

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