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Memphis avoids late collapse against St. Mary's

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Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer from the right wing sailed long as time expired, allowing sixth-seeded Memphis to hold on for a 54-52 win over 11th-seeded Saint Mary's on Thursday.

The Tigers (31-4) led by 15 in the first half but nearly gave the game away in the final seconds. With Saint Mary's (28-7) down five, Eividas Petrulis banked in a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to play. Memphis then lost the ball when Jordan Giusti deflected the inbound pass off Joe Jackson of the Tigers and out of bounds.

Dellavedova, the career leader in scoring for the Gaels, was able to get a shot off from in front of his team's bench, but it was well long, missing everything.

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