TCU 61, Memphis 59
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Corey Santee hit a running 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining to lift TCU to a 61-59 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
The Horned Frogs (12-5, 2-1 Conference USA) persevered despite shooting 33.3 percent and squandering a 12-point second-half lead.
Memphis (9-8, 2-1) had won two straight, but also struggled from the field, shooting 34.6 percent for the game. The Tigers, who trailed 30-21 at the half, rallied behind Sean Banks.
Banks, who had 13 points, triggered a 21-8 run to give the Tigers a 53-52 lead. Banks, a preseason Wooden Award candidate relegated to second-team duty since late December, scored 12 points during the run.
Duane Erwin hit two free throws with 2:24 left to give Memphis a 56-54 lead, but an errant pass by Banks a minute later led to a three-point play by Nile Murry to make it 58-56 with 1:21 left.
Erwin tied it with a 15-foot jumper with 1:07 left to set up the dramatic finish.
The Tigers had an opportunity on their final possession, but guard Anthony Rice—playing with a broken nose sustained in Thursday’s win over Marquette— missed a three-point attempt with 7 seconds left.
Santee, who finished with 13 points, took the inbound pass, dashed up court and hit the game-winning shot.
The Horned Frog bench received a technical foul for leaving the bench area and celebrating prematurely.
Banks hit 1 of 2 free throws, but Memphis couldn’t get a shot off in the final 0.2 seconds.
TCU, which had never beaten Memphis in nine previous meetings, fell behind 5-0 before going on a 17-5 lead to take control of the game until the closing minutes.
Nile Murry scored 17 points for TCU, while Rodney Carney added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.