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Dunk of the Year nominee: Memphis forward D.J. Stephens

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Small consolation for Memphis after a humbling 86-69 home loss to surging Georgetown on Thursday night: At least the Tigers produced by far the game's most memorable highlight.

With Memphis trailing Georgetown 64-53 four minutes into the second half, 6-foot-5 D.J. Stephens took a feed from point guard Joe Jackson on the baseline and found himself with a clear path to the rim. Stephens launched himself at the rim and threw down a one-handed slam over Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, who sacrificed his dignity rushing over in an attempt to block the shot a few seconds too late.

Crowd-pleasing plays like that one were rare for Memphis, which dropped to 0-2 against ranked teams this season after an 81-68 loss to Kansas earlier this month. Memphis trailed by only four at halftime, but Georgetown shot 63 percent in the second half, helping the Hoyas stretch their lead to as many as 21 late in the game.

It's no surprise that Georgetown emerged with a victory on Thursday night because the Hoyas have played better than the Tigers all season. Whereas Memphis has lost to the quality opponents it has faced, Georgetown is 11-1 with victories over Old Dominion, NC State, Missouri and Utah State.

Previous Dunk of the Year nominees:

Illinois forward Brandon Paul

Central Florida guard Marcus Jordan

Syracuse forward C.J. Fair

Old Dominion guard Kent Bazemore

High Point guard Shay Shine

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