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USF holds off rally to upset Memphis

©Associated Press
January 19, 2003

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jimmy Baxter had 21 points and four assists Saturday as South Florida defeated Memphis 75-74.

It's the first victory for the Bulls in the past eight meetings between the teams.

Memphis had a chance to win at the end, but Billy Richmond missed a 10-footer and Chris Massie's tip was off as time expired.

The Bulls (9-6, 2-2 Conference USA) had not won in the series since the C-USA tournament in March 1999 and had not beaten the Tigers in eight previous trips to Memphis.

"This is for all the guys that tried to get it done here and couldn't," Bulls coach Seth Greenberg said. USF had not won on the road since Feb. 16 at TCU. It had lost eight in a row on the road, including 0-5 this season, and nine of its past 10 away from the Sun Dome, including 1-1 on neutral courts.

Baxter connected on 8 of 15 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 3-pointers, to lead four Bulls in double figures.

Reggie Kohn and Will McDonald scored 16 for South Florida, and Yasuf Baker, who averages 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds, finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Massie led Memphis (10-4, 1-2) with 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Jeremy Hunt had 18 points and six assists. Richmond finished with 12.

The Bulls opened the second half with four consecutive points by Baker then made three 3-pointers, two by Kohn, to start an 15-2 run. Baxter scored eight during the stretch. Memphis cut the lead to one, 65-64, when Massie scored inside and converted the free throw for a three-point play with 5:14 left. Memphis got within one twice during the final minute, but the Bulls did not relinquish the lead after their opening burst of the second half.

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